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Saturday, June 8
 

7:30pm

Limmud-Oz Opening Ceremony

Join us as we usher in an incredible weekend of Jewish learning and culture at its best! There won’t be athletes in uniform but there will be laughs, an uplifting musical performance and a warm welcome from our amazing volunteer Co-Chairs to get you into the Limmud-Oz spirit. 


Presenters
avatar for Mel Drinkwater - Co-Chair

Mel Drinkwater - Co-Chair

Mel Drinkwater is an avid Limmudnik.  She has been involved in Limmud events in Sydney since 2008.  In her spare time, she plays bass, studies and teaches medical ethics and works as a doctor at Sydney Children’s Hospital.  She hopes that all the participants in Limmud-Oz 2013 find sessions that challenge and inspire them. | Mel Drinkwater was Co-Chair for Limmud-Oz 2013.   
avatar for Michala Lander - Co-Chair

Michala Lander - Co-Chair

By day, Michala is a consultant who specialises in community engagement and social sustainability, by night she becomes a Limmud Junkie.  In her dual roles of chair of Limmud Sydney and co-Chair of Limmud-Oz 2013, Michala lives and breathes the principles of Limmud.  She hopes that this year's event not only takes you one step further on your Jewish Journey but also helps connect the various facets of the Sydney Jewish community. 
avatar for Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson is the creator and Prince of Kosher Gospel. Growing up in a Black Hebrew synagogue in the US, he was surrounded by gospel and, during his youth, became a widely celebrated gospel singer. Nelson studied in Israel for two years and, upon his return, began to apply his Jewish learning to music, beginning what has been called 'a revolution in Jewish music' by combining Jewish liturgical lyrics with one of America’s best-known... Read More →
avatar for Tami  Sussman

Tami Sussman

Tami Sussman threw herself in the Spoken Word and Comedy scene in 2012, writing and performing her first one-woman show My Furry Heart. The show was a tremendous success, attracting over 600 people across a series of five shows. Tami has since been invited on radio and to MC and perform at a range of festivals and events around Australia and New Zealand. In November last year, she appeared at The Comedy Store alongside Akmal Saleh and Joel... Read More →
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Chad Thorne

Chad Thorne is the brother and back-up singer of Joshua Nelson.


Saturday June 8, 2013 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Scientia Building Leighton Hall

8:00pm

Is two states for two peoples still a viable solution?

Two states for two peoples is the solution to the Israeli - Palestinian conflict accepted by the West and the majority of Israelis. But are separate Israeli and Palestinian states still the answer? Is it still a viable policy goal or merely an illusion? What role do settlements play? Demographics? How to deal with the fact that Gaza and the West Bank are far from being a united Palestinian entity? Where to from here? 


Moderators
avatar for Hilton Immerman

Hilton Immerman

Dr Hilton Immerman is the CEO of The Shalom Institute at the University of NSW. He has seven degrees from four continents. One of his academic interests is the Jew in English literature. He received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2004 and a Honorary Fellowship from UNSW in 2012.

Presenters
avatar for Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin was the initiator and the person responsible for the secret back-channel between Israel and Hamas negotiating the release of Israeli abducted soldier Gilad Shalit. Gershon is the founder and co-chairman of the Israel/Palestine Centre for Research and Information (IPCRI), a joint Israeli - Palestinian public-policy think and “do”-tank located in Jerusalem. He served as an advisor on the Israeli - Palestinian peace... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis

Dr Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center. The author of ten published books - with another scheduled for publication in 2014 - he writes the regular column 'A Dose of Nuance' for the Jerusalem Post and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Commentary and other journals in print and online. A recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr Gordis was the Founding... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room

8:00pm

Chavruta - live and on stage!

Chavruta (learning in pairs) is one of Limmud’s great traditions and an opportunity to engage with text like never before! Delve into traditional and contemporary texts to discuss, debate and take part in the great dialogue of the Jewish people. Focusing on the theme of Money, watch and learn as some of the top minds at Limmud-Oz grapple with the issue of prosperity. What has value? Should we live in a material world? Who creates wealth? What is utopia?…


Presenters
avatar for Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz is the Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia in Melbourne. She has previously worked in exhibition-related roles at major state institutions and she is an experienced Jewish educator. Rebecca holds Masters Degrees in Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies as well as a Diploma of Education.
avatar for Gilad Kariv

Gilad Kariv

Gilad Kariv is Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and has been a leader and advocate on behalf of liberal Judaism in Israel since 1998. He has advanced legal and social activism on behalf of religious pluralism and social justice in Israeli society in diverse capacities. He is a board member of the Jewish Agency's Joint Institute for Jewish Studies and Hemdat: The Israel Association for the Promotion of Freedom of... Read More →
avatar for Shirli Kirschner

Shirli Kirschner

Shirli Kirschner is a mediator, facilitator and sessional lecturer in the Masters of Law at UNSW. She holds the position of dispute resolution adviser for the wholesale electricity and gas markets and is a special Registrar (mediation) for the Federal Circuits Court of Australia. She works for organisations in Australia and abroad assisting groups to make better decisions and resolve problems. She was a Board member of the Shalom Institute... Read More →
avatar for Tommy Sterling

Tommy Sterling

Tommy Sterling is as humble as Moses. He is a highly entertaining speaker who attended four Limmuds last year, including Limmud UK. Tommy loves to ask questions and explore the origin of all things Jewish. His passions span the traditional to the academic and include the Talmud, the Documentary Hypothesis and the evolution of Rabbinic Judaism. Tommy was involve in the programing committy of Limmud-Oz 2013


Saturday June 8, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Scientia Building Gallery 2

8:00pm

Reading the past: The Holocaust in history and literature

Eli Wiesel once wrote, 'A novel about the Holocaust is either not a novel or not about the Holocaust.' Given the proliferation of Holocaust fiction, can and should such a position be maintained? Join us for a conversation with two authors who have broached this very topic: historian Alan Rosen, author of The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder, and Elliot Perlman, author of The Street Sweeper. Both sought to explore the life and work of psychologist David Boder, the first person to undertake systematic interviews with Holocaust survivors in the Displaced Persons camps in 1946. How do history and literature bring different insights to bear in illuminating a traumatic past?


Moderators
avatar for Avril Alba

Avril Alba

Avril Alba is the Roth Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. Former Education Director at the Sydney Jewish Museum, she served as the Project Director/Curator for the refurbishment of the museum’s permanent exhibition 'Culture and Continuity'. She holds a BA (Hons)/BMus from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Theological Studies... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Elliot Perlman

Elliot Perlman

Elliot Perlman’s Three Dollars won the Age Book of the Year Award, the Betty Trask Award (UK) and the Fellowship of Australian Writers' Book of the Year Award. He then co-wrote the screenplay for the film Three Dollars, which received the Australian Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as the AFI Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Seven Types of Ambiguity was an international bestseller and was shortlisted for... Read More →
avatar for Alan Rosen

Alan Rosen

Avraham (Alan) Rosen PhD is the author or editor of ten books, most recently The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder (author) and Approaches to Teaching Wiesel’s Night (editor). Two edited collections are due out in the coming year: Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives and Literature of the Holocaust. He was a research fellow of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

8:00pm

Have we lost our Jewish values?

In our busy lives in Australia in the 21st century is it possible to hold true to the traditional Jewish values of peace, truth and justice or have we lost them somewhere along the way?


Moderators
avatar for David Klahr

David Klahr

David Klahr, born in London, has been working at Moriah College since he came to Sydney from Jerusalem five years ago. While at the College, he has worked in the both the Formal and Informal Departments of Jewish Education and he is currently the Deputy Head of High School. David made Aliyah at the age of 24. He studied at Hebrew University, gaining his BA in English Literature and Sociology, his DipEd and a Masters in Jewish Education. While... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Jeffrey Kamins

Jeffrey Kamins

Jeffrey Kamins, Senior Rabbi at Emanuel Synagogue, is affiliated with the Masorti (Conservative) movement and has helped develop Emanuel Synagogue as a pluralist synagogue, creating community and celebrating diversity. He serves on the Board of the Shalom Institute and is a rabbinic advisor to the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.
avatar for Ilona Lee

Ilona Lee

Ilona Lee AM is the Immediate Past President of The Shalom Institute and has been involved in community organisations both within and outside the Jewish community for over thirty years. She has held the positions of Honorary Secretary, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Governor of JCA, Executive Member of JewishCare, Chair of OzHarvest and Chair of DAMEC. She currently chairs the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Committee and is a member of the Board of... Read More →
avatar for Renee Mill

Renee Mill

Renee Mill has been working as a clinical psychologist for over thirty years. She is a well-known author, public speaker and corporate trainer. She specialises in treating stress and anxiety and has developed a unique program which is highly effective. Renee has built her own business from scratch since arriving in Australia and therefore draws on her own experience as a business woman, clinician, wife and mother. Visit reneemill.com and... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Scientia Building Gallery 1

9:15pm

Flamenco Sephardi Sounds

Live performance featuring premier Sydney musicians Robbie Varga, Peter Kennard, Kim Cunio, singer Heather Lee and flamenco dancer, Annalouise Paul. The exploration of Sephardi culture in Spain and India has inspired this brand new collaboration bringing together beautiful Sephardi songs in Ladino and Spanish, flamenco guitar and ambient percussion and fiery flamenco with shared Jewish ancestries and contemporary practices as Australian artists.


Presenters
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Kim Cunio

Dr Kim Cunio, B. Mus, MCA  Composition, is  a  composer,  music  historian,  instrumentalist and singer  who  is  equally  at  home  in  reconstructive,  contemporary  and  classical  music  forms. Kim lectures at the QLD conservatorium and supervises students to Doctorate level as well as being active as a performer and composer.  He  has... Read More →
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Peter Kennard

Peter Kennard is a composer, producer and musical director with a career in theatre and musical performance spanning 20 years. He has composed and recorded countless soundtracks, and has created sound designs and musically directed live performance for many of Sydney’s major theatre companies and high profile public events including Darling Harbour New Year’s and Australia Day Fireworks, Theatre of Image, Bell Shakespeare Co, Legs... Read More →
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Heather Lee

Heather Lee has sung at the Whitehouse and United Nations, the Sydney 2000 Olympics, been the recorded voice for major events including the Asian Games and Winter Olympics, as well as major cultural events such as the touring of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Khalili collection of Islamic Art and the Maharajah of Jodhpur's Sacred Art collection. With an ability to sing in many languages and styles, Heather (MCA Voice) has focused on both sacred... Read More →
avatar for Annalouise Paul

Annalouise Paul

Annalouise Paul is a choreographer, actor and dancer who has performed internationally and has been creating dance theatre for over 25 years. Trained in flamenco and contemporary dance she founded Theatre of Rhythm and Dance in 2011 presenting' Game On' at the Sydney Opera House with Bobby Singh on tabla which later toured India in 2011 supported by DFAT, Arts NSW and Australia Council. Annalouise has studied flamenco from key maestros in... Read More →
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Robbie Varga

Robbie Varga is an Australian master of the contemporary flamenco guitar. Robbie has toured with Australia’s most distinguished flamenco artists and companies including Madrid-based Gabriel Heredia in Laberinto, Antonio Vargas Flamenco Theatre and Diana Reyes Flamenco. A career that spans more than three decades and includes periods of intensive study in Madrid with leading flamenco guitarists including Juan Machón and Juan Maya... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2013 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Scientia Building Leighton Hall

9:15pm

The threat of Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that Iran’s attempt to obtain a nuclear weapon "constitutes the gravest threat to [Israel’s] existence since the war of independence". President Shimon Peres described Iran as "the greatest threat to peace in the world". What threat does Iran actually pose – and to whom? What should we believe with regard to Iran’s menace? And what could the impact of the unimaginable be?


Moderators
avatar for Yair Miller

Yair Miller

Yair Miller is President of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and a Vice President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. Yair is on the Executive and Board of Governors of the JCA and the Board of the Council for Jewish Communal Security. He also sits on the Board of Governors for numerous international organisations, including the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and the International School for Jewish Leadership. Yair has a BA... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis

Dr Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center. The author of ten published books - with another scheduled for publication in 2014 - he writes the regular column 'A Dose of Nuance' for the Jerusalem Post and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Commentary and other journals in print and online. A recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr Gordis was the Founding... Read More →
avatar for Kooshyar Karimi

Kooshyar Karimi

Kooshyar Karimi was born in abject poverty to a Jewish mother in Tehran, a decade before the Iranian Islamic Revolution. He went on to become a published author, award‐winning translator, doctor, husband and father but was later kidnapped by the Islamic Intelligence Service. Tortured, burnt and whipped over 62 days, Kooshyar found himself faced with an unimaginable decision: to spy for Ministry of Intelligence and National Security against... Read More →
avatar for Ron Ben Yishai

Ron Ben Yishai

Ron Ben Yishai is an award-winning journalist, commentator on national and international affairs and Special Assignment Correspondent for newspaper Yedioth Aharonot and the news website Ynet. He deals extensively with Israeli and Middle Eastern regional security and international affairs. He has covered – on location – ethnic and religious conflicts in Afghanistan (1989, 2001, 2002), Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Kenya... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2013 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

9:15pm

G-d is not righteous and the Torah is not moral

How can God be righteous when earthquakes take place for which He is fully responsible and why continue to believe that the Torah is fully divine when some of its laws clash with our moral sensitivities? A whole new approach.


Presenters
avatar for Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Nathan Lopes Cardozo is a prominent lecturer, thinker and author who is world renowned for his original insights into Judaism and his ability to communicate the relevance of Jewish values and practice in today’s complicated world. A native of the Spanish-Portuguese Jewish community of Holland, Rabbi Lopes Cardozo received ordination from the Gateshead Talmudic College and studied in Israel at the Institute for Higher Rabbinical Studies of... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2013 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Scientia Building Gallery 1 and 2

9:15pm

Jews as global citizens: Our responsibility in the world

Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, will discuss the role of 'Jews as Global Citizens'. Speaking of her own experiences in the developing world, Ruth will propose how modern Jews, who enjoy greater affluence and more influence than ever before, can do their part to alleviate poverty, hunger, violence, disease and oppression. Sharing the words of dedicated Jews – college and rabbinical students, community leaders and skilled professionals – she will tell of the enormous transformative impact volunteering and advocacy can make in the modern era. By embracing our obligation to assist all people in need, regardless of race, religion or nationality, we have the capacity to ensure social justice for coming generations. As Jews who take seriously our role as global citizens, we will contribute to tikkun olam, the fixing of the world.


Presenters
avatar for Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the leading Jewish organization working to promote human rights and end poverty in the developing world. Ruth assumed this role in 1998, following a 20-year career in public service in New York City. As a leader in the interfaith human rights arena, she currently serves on the Obama administration’s Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy. Ruth frequently speaks... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2013 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room
 
Sunday, June 9
 

9:30am

Menachem Begin: The Prime Minister of the Jews
One of Israel’s most controversial figures, Menachem Begin, was head of Beitar in Europe, was imprisoned by the Soviets, was Britain’s 'Wanted Terrorist #1' and won the Nobel Peace Prize. He adored the public and was loved in return, but spent the last decade of his life in almost total seclusion. Yet when he died, tens of thousands of people turned out to mourn him. What did Begin represent that so captivated the Jewish world? And what ought his legacy be for people like us?

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis

Dr Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center. The author of ten published books - with another scheduled for publication in 2014 - he writes the regular column 'A Dose of Nuance' for the Jerusalem Post and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Commentary and other journals in print and online. A recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr Gordis was the Founding... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

9:30am

Pushing the parameters of being pro-Israel

What is "pro-Israel"? And when does being critical of Israel become "anti-Israel"? A conversation about where the red lines lie when discussing Israel. 


Moderators
avatar for Uri Windt

Uri Windt

Uri Windt, born in Israel, has previously been a trade union official with Actors Equity and a corporate regulator of state-based non-bank financial institutions and other cooperative organisations and he is currently in the private sector. He has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, including chairing Marrickville Skillshare and being a Director of Job Futures. He is currently Chair of Filling the Gap (which assists in placing... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Michael Brull

Michael Brull

Michael Brull has written political commentary for ABC Drum, Overland, newmatilda, the National Times, Indigenous Law Bulletin and elsewhere. He has been denounced in Parliament by Michael Danby as antisemitic and AIJAC has said he wants to see the West Bank Judenrein. He is studying a Juris Doctor at University of NSW.
avatar for Jeffrey Kamins

Jeffrey Kamins

Jeffrey Kamins, Senior Rabbi at Emanuel Synagogue, is affiliated with the Masorti (Conservative) movement and has helped develop Emanuel Synagogue as a pluralist synagogue, creating community and celebrating diversity. He serves on the Board of the Shalom Institute and is a rabbinic advisor to the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.
avatar for Yair Miller

Yair Miller

Yair Miller is President of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and a Vice President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. Yair is on the Executive and Board of Governors of the JCA and the Board of the Council for Jewish Communal Security. He also sits on the Board of Governors for numerous international organisations, including the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and the International School for Jewish Leadership. Yair has a BA... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Engineering Building Room G6

9:30am

Chavruta 1: Consumerism

Chavruta (learning in pairs) is one of Limmud’s great traditions. Delve into traditional and contemporary texts to discuss, debate and take part in the great dialogue of the Jewish people. This year the theme is Money. Today we look at consumerism. What distinguishes wants from needs? Is Fairtrade Jewish? Is comparison shopping ethical? Are lavish celebrations unethical?


Presenters
avatar for Nomi Blum

Nomi Blum

Nomi Blum is an eternal student who dabbles in a variety of community affairs and spends countless hours scrutinising all the madness and greatness of the Jewish world at large.
avatar for Gary Robuck

Gary Robuck

Gary Robuck is a rabbi/educator at the North Shore Temple Emanuel. A talented pianist and singer, "The Rockin Rabbi" has appeared in countless productions including his own, 'Harry, The Life and Music of an American Music Legend'. Gary was recently profiled on Radio National in a segment - focused on clergy in Australia - called 'Holy Hobbies'. He also operates 'Pops!', a family tzedakah initiative providing popcorn and smiles to area children... Read More →
avatar for Tommy Sterling

Tommy Sterling

Tommy Sterling is as humble as Moses. He is a highly entertaining speaker who attended four Limmuds last year, including Limmud UK. Tommy loves to ask questions and explore the origin of all things Jewish. His passions span the traditional to the academic and include the Talmud, the Documentary Hypothesis and the evolution of Rabbinic Judaism. Tommy was involve in the programing committy of Limmud-Oz 2013


Sunday June 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Farrell Room

9:30am

Judaism the ever changing? An 'Orthodox' perspective on Halachic creativity and where we see it in 2013

The Judaism that existed prior to the labels we use today is far too complex and varied to grapple with in one hour. But one key and crucial feature was innovation. In this session, we look at the state of halakhic innovation today, and how Judaism has met some of the challenges of a changing world head-on - to the point where one creatively unafraid chief rabbi insisted the Third Temple would (obviously) feature electric lighting!


Sunday June 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Gonski Room

9:30am

Freud, Jews & Judaism: The Jewish identity of the founder of psychoanalysis

Freud, who described himself as a Godless Jew, may have been the most representative Jew of the 20th century. HIs family followed a typical path from the Pale of Settlement to a middle-class life in Vienna. Although Freud was to write that religion was an illusion, he associated with Jews all his life and Jewish ideas suffused his works.


Presenters
avatar for Robert Kaplan

Robert Kaplan

Robert M Kaplan is a forensic psychiatrist, writer and historian based at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, where he is Clinical Associate Professor. He writes and speaks on topics including Jewish history, genocide, crime, medicine and psychiatry and modern biography. His latest books, The Prophet of Psychiatry: In Search of Reg Ellery and Suicide3, are in press.


Sunday June 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Alumni Room

9:30am

To capture the fire: The life and works of Elie Wiesel

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has authored more than fifty books, in which he endeavours to counter the enveloping fire of the Holocaust with the visionary fire of the Jewish tradition. By surveying his career and writings, we will explore his teaching on becoming a soul on fire.


Presenters
avatar for Alan Rosen

Alan Rosen

Avraham (Alan) Rosen PhD is the author or editor of ten books, most recently The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder (author) and Approaches to Teaching Wiesel’s Night (editor). Two edited collections are due out in the coming year: Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives and Literature of the Holocaust. He was a research fellow of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Gallery 1

9:30am

Do some Jews truly 'hate' their Jewishness?

Historically there have been those who somehow identify themselves as being of the Jewish faith and/or 'race' but have views which put them at serious odds with the mainstream Jewish community. This session will attempt to outline the issues and possible motivations of so-called 'self-hating Jews'. It is hoped this will be a thought-provoking session, and decorous discussion will be encouraged while understanding that it is a highly emotive topic for many in the Jewish community.


Presenters
avatar for George Foster

George Foster

Dr George Foster is a retired psychiatrist, well known in the Jewish community, particularly with the AAJHS&D and Sydney Jewish Museum. He has studied perpetrators of genocide and recently attended the Honest Reporting/NSW Jewish Board of Deputies mission in Israel. He has a keen interest in Jewish identity and its impact upon thought and behaviour. George is happily married with two sons and daughters-in-law and three wonderful... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Engineering Building Room G8

9:30am

How to jail a terrorist on occupied soil? - What international military standards?

Australia, Israel and the USA have detained militants in Afghanistan and the West Bank. Although engaged in the use of armed force for political and paramilitary objectives, detainees are not recognised soldiers or POWs. Is their detention a war crime or is their situation new and needing new law? This topic addresses the international law issues.


Presenters
avatar for Gregory Rose

Gregory Rose

Gregory Rose is a Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong, specialising in international law with research interests in its applications to counter-terrorism and to environmental protection. His current research concerns the handling and transfer of detainees engaged in hostilities in international military operations.


Sunday June 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Gallery 2

9:30am

Oh no, it's subtitles! Continuing education

Every year, I and many professionals are required to do continuing education for registration purposes. Many people get that 'Oh no, it's rego time again!' feeling. What if I am audited? I get that feeling when I see movies with subtitles. Continuing education is a very Jewish concept. This session looks at my take on continuing education, both secular and Jewish. Enjoy participating! 


Presenters
SG

Shoshana Gaida

Shoshana Gaida works at Randwick Day Surgery and also teaches at Sydney Institute TAFE in the Nursing Division. She lives in Sydney and has three children. 


Sunday June 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Ronald Room

9:30am

Will the new Pope tango with the Jews?
Will the new Pope, Francis, continue the impression of consistency and what pressures will apply to confirm or modify his thinking on relations with the Catholic Church’s ‘elder brother’, the Jews? For the Jewish community in Australia, what will this mean? What is his background and its relevance to interfaith dialogue with the Jews?

Presenters
avatar for William Szekely

William Szekely

William Szekely is an employment lawyer who has been involved in interfaith work for a number of years. He was formerly a board member and Honorary Secretary, Emanuel Synagogue, and it was through taking over the role of the prior representative that he fell into interfaith work and found he was in his element. He has served two terms as President of the NSW Council of Christians and Jews. In the second term, he was also appointed... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Engineering Building Room G1

10:45am

Between the sheets: The current revolution in Jewish erotic and sexual literature

From the recent launch of a website for Jewish erotica to a new nuts-and-bolts guide for halachic marital relations, a revolution in Jewish erotic and sexual literature is currently under way. Come along for a snapshot look at some these fascinating developments and a few tips on where to go for a good read.


Presenters
avatar for Marjorie Solomon

Marjorie Solomon

Marjorie Solomon has a background in public relations and communications. Marjorie now spends most of her time writing fiction and working through an MA in Creative Writing. As part of this new focus, she is also exploring the burgeoning world of Jewish erotic literature.  


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Engineering Building Room G6

10:45am

‘Jewishness’ in classical music

When Jewish musicians finally entered the world of classical music in the 19th century, they did everything possible NOT to include their 'Jewishness' in their music. From Handel to Shostakovich, non-Jewish composers on the other hand used both Jewish religious themes and musical ideas to enhance their music. In this class we explore why this is so.


Presenters
avatar for Andy Bromberger

Andy Bromberger

Andy Bromberger (ASCM BMus Syd Conservatorium/Syd Uni) is a professional musician who spent many years both performing and in clarinet teaching, band conducting and directing and has now taken her musical career on a different journey. In creating Coffee Cake and Culture, Andy has combined her four passions in life - music, teaching, history and BAKING in a series of classes on diverse musical topics, which she gives in her home.


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Engineering Building Room G8

10:45am

A Jewish State - but how Jewish?

Israel is the Jewish state, but what form should that take? In Israel, religion and state are closely intertwined and Jewish law governs many facets of life, from public transport to marriage and divorce. But the control wielded by the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) through the Rabbinate not only excludes non-Orthodox forms of Judaism but also serves to alienate regular Israelis from Judaism itself. For the first time in close to a decade, the Haredim are not in government. What impact will this have on issues of religion and state? What is being done to heal the major divisions between the religious and the secular? And, according to two leading activists in the field, how hopeful should we be about religious pluralism in Israel? 


Presenters
avatar for Mickey Gitzin

Mickey Gitzin

Mickey Gitzin is the Executive Director of Israel Hofshit ('Be Free Israel'), a grassroots organization that aims to influence public opinion and policy making on the issues of religion and state in Israel. Previously Mickey was the spokesperson of MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz). He was also a Project Director at European Friends of Israel and worked as the Associate Director of 'Festival Beshekel', which works to develop avenues for cultural and... Read More →
avatar for Gilad Kariv

Gilad Kariv

Gilad Kariv is Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and has been a leader and advocate on behalf of liberal Judaism in Israel since 1998. He has advanced legal and social activism on behalf of religious pluralism and social justice in Israeli society in diverse capacities. He is a board member of the Jewish Agency's Joint Institute for Jewish Studies and Hemdat: The Israel Association for the Promotion of Freedom of... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

10:45am

Israel and Palestine – daring to trust

We all care deeply about the Middle East; we have an interest in its future. Two Jews and two Palestinians explore their experiences, challenges and visions to move forward. Join us in this important conversation.


Moderators
avatar for Lyndall Katz

Lyndall Katz

Lyndall Katz is dedicated to social justice and peace. She is co-convenor of Jewish Voices for Peace and Justice in Sydney and is a franchise deputy on the NSW Board of Deputies. She is a skilled facilitator and has led many workshops on eliminating antisemitism, ending racism and listening to children through play.

Presenters
avatar for Munther Emad

Munther Emad

Munther Emad was born in Gaza. He completed his Bachelor of Sociology/Psychology at Bethlehem University, where he was inspired to advocate for peace and justice. Munther has a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution and Graduate Diplomas in International Law and Criminology. As a new Australian citizen, he was a keynote speaker at the 2004 Australia Day festivities. In 2005, Munther was the recipient of a prestigious award from the... Read More →
avatar for Ruby Mitchell

Ruby Mitchell

Ruby Mitchell is an atheist Jewish student undertaking her final year of her BA, with majors in Government and International Relations, and Jewish Civilisation. She intends pursuing postgraduate studies in Jewish Civilization next year, specialising in Medieval Jewry and antiisemitism and its links to the ancient and modern worlds.
avatar for Abe Quadan

Abe Quadan

Abe Quadan is a conflict resolution practitioner and a child protection specialist. Abe is of Palestinian background and is co‐founder of the Palestinian - Jewish Dialogue Group and an active member of the Palestinian community in Sydney. Abe is a passionate and strong believer in peace with justice and in coexistence for Palestinians and Israelis.
avatar for Shifra Waks

Shifra Waks

Shifra Waks is passionate about learning new languages and breaking down barriers through engagement and personal relationships. She studied Arabic at Damascus university and lived with a Syrian family for seven months when she was 18. Since then, she has traveled twice to the West Bank and once to Jerusalem to intern and she is currently completely her final semester of International and Global studies, majoring in Chinese.


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Tyree Room

10:45am

Judaism and Halacha mean rebellion

Judaism is about chutzpah and courage but it has become passe. Should I take off my kippah? The Halacha was never meant for conformists. How do we rebuild authentic Judaism? This session is a spiritual autobiography about doubt, waging war and understanding authentic Halacha.


Presenters
avatar for Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Nathan Lopes Cardozo is a prominent lecturer, thinker and author who is world renowned for his original insights into Judaism and his ability to communicate the relevance of Jewish values and practice in today’s complicated world. A native of the Spanish-Portuguese Jewish community of Holland, Rabbi Lopes Cardozo received ordination from the Gateshead Talmudic College and studied in Israel at the Institute for Higher Rabbinical Studies of... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Gallery 1

10:45am

What's so special about the Shema?
Judaism is actually an extremely spiritual religion and this talk will explain why and help those looking for spirituality to get a jump-start in their search. The session will include slides and handouts and will cover a number of hidden aspects to the Shema, underlining its centrality to Jewish faith and life.

Presenters
avatar for Meyer Mussry

Meyer Mussry

Meyer Mussry is a traditional Sephardi Jew. All his life he has looked for meaning and a spiritual connection. In his quest for answers, he has uncovered a number of simple truths that are almost never taught, yet have the power to bring profound change in a person's relationship with Judaism and with G-d. University educated, Meyer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy as well as a science-based degree.


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Alumni Room

10:45am

Revisiting Lithuania: a reconciliation journey

Rod’s documentary, Uncle Chatzkel (1999), included an account of his great-grandparents' murder in Zagare, in 1941. In 2012 Rod returned for an event commemorating the town’s Jews. A memorial was erected in the town square, a first for Lithuania. Initiated by a young Lithuanian, the event was attended by international descendants of Zagare. Rod will recount the personal significance of this reconciliation journey in the context of ongoing controversy in Lithuania about the rewriting of history.


Presenters
avatar for Rod Freedman

Rod Freedman

Rod Freedman is an award-winning independent filmmaker, interested in stories about people and their life’s journeys. His Jewish-themed productions include Uncle Chatzkel, Welcome to the Waks Family, One Last Chance and Wrong Side Of The Bus, as well as productions for the JCA and the Sydney Jewish Museum.


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Engineering Building Room G1

10:45am

The kings of Algiers: How a Jewish trading house started a war

The House of Bacri and Busnach was a trading house run by Algerian Jews. They supplied wheat to France over two decades and ran up a bill of several million francs. The debt wove its way into diplomacy between France and Algiers and caused the tensions that led to invasion and colonisation of Algeria in 1830. The story of Bacri and Busnach, then, takes us from Napoleon to the Dey of Algiers and from Algiers to Marseille, to Paris and to Leghorn as these two families found themselves at the heart of political and diplomatic intrigue.


Presenters
avatar for Julie Kalman

Julie Kalman

Julie Kalman is a Senior Lecturer in history at Monash University. She is a specialist of nineteenth-century France and her writing to date has dealt with the interplay between French and Jewish history in this period. Her most recent publications include the articles 'The Jew in the Scenery: Historicising Nineteenth-Century French Travel Literature' and 'Going Home to the Holy Land: The Jews of Jerusalem in Nineteenth-Century French... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Gallery 2

10:45am

Why I do what I do: A personal Jewish journey

In this session Lynda will talk about how her life experiences and the evolution of her Jewish and Zionist awareness have influenced and continue to influence her professional development and the work she does in the Jewish community.


Presenters
avatar for Lynda Ben-Menashe

Lynda Ben-Menashe

Lynda Ben-Menashe BA Dip Ed M Ed was Education Manager of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies from 2007 to 2011 and since then has been its NGO Relations Manager. Lynda conceived the JBD’s flagship 'Talking About Israel' course, with almost 700 graduates. She has three children, aged 13, 15 and 18.


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Ronald Room

10:45am

Missing links in learning. Why is my child having a learning difficulty? (Double session)

Does your child have a learning difficulty? Three prominent specialists in the area - Dr David Evian, a Behavioural Optometrist,  Ms Renee Mill, a Psychologist, and Dr Shelley Hyman, a Paediatric Neuropsychologist - will be discussing various learning, concentration and behavioural issues. Diagnosis and therapies will be included in the discussion. The session will include a joint question-and-answer discussion forum. This is a double session so all questions can be answered.


Presenters
avatar for David Evian

David Evian

David Evian is a Behavioural Optometrist, practising in St Leonards, with a special interest in learning, reading and concentration difficulties. He graduated in South Africa with a Doctor of Optometry with honours in Paediatric Optometry. He has a special passion and interest in helping children and adults with ADD/ADHD, autism, traumatic brain injury, and related conditions.
avatar for Shelley Hyman

Shelley Hyman

Dr Shelley Hyman is a Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychologist with extensive experience working with children with learning disabilities, ADHD and various cognitive disorders. She is the director of the Sydney Cognitive Development Centre in Bondi Junction where she works with other specialist neuropsychologists and cognitive trainers to provide wholistic assessments and treatment programs for children with a broad range of processing issues. She... Read More →
avatar for Renee Mill

Renee Mill

Renee Mill has been working as a clinical psychologist for over thirty years. She is a well-known author, public speaker and corporate trainer. She specialises in treating stress and anxiety and has developed a unique program which is highly effective. Renee has built her own business from scratch since arriving in Australia and therefore draws on her own experience as a business woman, clinician, wife and mother. Visit reneemill.com and... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Gonski Room

10:45am

What makes a man a man - virtual mentoring of men

‘What Makes a Man a Man’ is a multimedia virtual mentoring program for men, offering access to the struggles, successes and insights of 16 well-known Australian male public figures and providing an invaluable resource for men who have not had appropriate male mentors in their lives. The presentation will offer highlights from interviews, and personal reflections from panel members, and will provide the opportunity for attendees to reflect on their own encounters with mentors and their own potential to take on such a role.


Presenters
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Jack Goldberg

Jack has worked in many different social work contexts in Sydney and the UK. He was the first Director of Social Work at the Jewish Welfare Society in Sydney now called Jewish Care. After 28 years in business, Jack returned to Social Work joining a Child and Family Community Health team in Bathurst NSW for 3.5 years, providing a counselling service for children and families at risk. He was Chair of the Bathurst Domestic Violence Liaison Group... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Kamins

Jeffrey Kamins

Jeffrey Kamins, Senior Rabbi at Emanuel Synagogue, is affiliated with the Masorti (Conservative) movement and has helped develop Emanuel Synagogue as a pluralist synagogue, creating community and celebrating diversity. He serves on the Board of the Shalom Institute and is a rabbinic advisor to the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.
avatar for Agi O'Hara

Agi O'Hara

Agi O'Hara is a registered psychologist and a visiting lecturer in psychology for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Neonatology at the University of Sydney. Agi has over 20 years' experience working with individuals, couples and groups in her private practice in inner-western Sydney and providing clinical supervision to other professionals.
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Robert Treborlang

Robert Treborlang has written fiction, non-fiction and drama. His plays include 'Daisy Chain Gang'(1973), 'Obsessive Behaviour in Small Spaces' (1977) and 'Fool's Gold' (with Ian Stocks, 1981). Robert is well known for his satirical work How to Survive Australia. He has also written for film, radio and television. A speaker of eight languages, Robert has travelled widely. He is currently doing field research for his next book, “How to leave... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Farrell Room

12:00pm

'One of a Kind' - introduction to a new Jewish musical!

A glimpse behind the creation of a new musical theatre production, One of a Kind, set against the backdrop of the expulsion of Jews from Egypt in 1956.


Presenters
avatar for Judy Campbell

Judy Campbell

Judy Campbell is a professional musician – she is the longstanding Music Director at North Shore Temple Emanuel - and a vocalist, bandleader, composer and arranger in a wider arena. She is the founding director of Jewish Arts Inc., an organisation dedicated to fostering Jewish identity through engagement with the arts across all art forms.
avatar for Aaron Robuck

Aaron Robuck

Aaron Robuck holds a Bachelor of Music from the Australian Institute of Music (AIM). He works as a teacher (Music Theatre, Dance and Private Voice), a professional actor, and composer/lyricist for two new musicals as well as being Assistant Director, AIM's production of RENT, and writing his own one-man show as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.
avatar for Gary Robuck

Gary Robuck

Gary Robuck is a rabbi/educator at the North Shore Temple Emanuel. A talented pianist and singer, "The Rockin Rabbi" has appeared in countless productions including his own, 'Harry, The Life and Music of an American Music Legend'. Gary was recently profiled on Radio National in a segment - focused on clergy in Australia - called 'Holy Hobbies'. He also operates 'Pops!', a family tzedakah initiative providing popcorn and smiles to area children... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room

12:00pm

Tevye transformed: Sholem Aleichem from page to stage and film

This lecture will present Yiddish literature's most famous character, Tevye the Dairyman, as he makes his way from Sholem Aleichem's original stories to dramatic adaptations - to a 1939 Yiddish film adaptation and, most famously, the 1964 Broadway and 1971 film versions of Fiddler on the Roof. Each of these adaptations enables us to see both the evolution of Jewish culture over the past century, as well as the enduring complexity and originality of Sholem Aleichem's original vision.


Presenters
avatar for Marc Caplan

Marc Caplan

Marc Caplan is the Zelda and Myer Tandetnik Professor of Yiddish Literature, Language, and Culture at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland (USA). In addition to his book, How Strange the Change: Language, Temporality, and Narrative Form in Peripheral Modernism (2011), he is the author of several articles as well as a lecturer on topics concerning modern Yiddish literature and contemporary Jewish culture. Beyond his scholarly... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Gallery 2

12:00pm

Israel and Cyprus: geography, energy politics and the future
Cyprus played a critical role in the formation of the State of Israel. During the Shoah, the British used the crown colony as a depot for survivors seeking refuge in British Palestine. When Independence was declared, tens of thousands of survivors crossed the 272 kilometres of water to contribute to the Jewish state’s formation. Sixty-five years later Cyprus and Israel are bound closer than ever, by geography, by energy politics, by mutual interest and more.

Presenters
avatar for Panayiotis Diamadis

Panayiotis Diamadis

Dr Panayiotis Diamadis is a Director of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, lecturer in Genocide Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, and a senior history teacher at St Ignatius’ College. An active researcher, he has published a number of academic papers on the Shoah, as well as the Hellenic, Armenian and Assyrian genocides, including The Myth of Refuge: Jews under Turkish rule; Children and... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Engineering Building Room G1

12:00pm

The new Middle East: an Israeli perspective

The strife and upheaval that have beset Israel’s neighbours since the beginning of the Arab Spring caused an earthquake in an already volatile region. For Israel, calm borders seem like a thing of the past. This presents new threats and new complexities but also unique opportunities to rewrite the rules of the game vis-a-vis Israel’s adversaries. Veteran military journalist Ron Ben Yishai reflects on what lies ahead and offers unique insights. 


Presenters
avatar for Ron Ben Yishai

Ron Ben Yishai

Ron Ben Yishai is an award-winning journalist, commentator on national and international affairs and Special Assignment Correspondent for newspaper Yedioth Aharonot and the news website Ynet. He deals extensively with Israeli and Middle Eastern regional security and international affairs. He has covered – on location – ethnic and religious conflicts in Afghanistan (1989, 2001, 2002), Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Kenya... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

12:00pm

Judaism and Halacha mean rebellion (continued)

Judaism is about chutzpah and courage but it has become passe. Should I take off my kippah? The Halacha was never meant for conformists. How do we rebuild authentic Judaism? This session is a spiritual autobiography about doubt, waging war and understanding authentic Halacha.


Presenters
avatar for Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Nathan Lopes Cardozo is a prominent lecturer, thinker and author who is world renowned for his original insights into Judaism and his ability to communicate the relevance of Jewish values and practice in today’s complicated world. A native of the Spanish-Portuguese Jewish community of Holland, Rabbi Lopes Cardozo received ordination from the Gateshead Talmudic College and studied in Israel at the Institute for Higher Rabbinical Studies of... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Gallery 1

12:00pm

Physics and the Shabbat switch

The Shabbat Switch is a general term for any device or procedure that permits the operation of some amenity on Shabbat, without violating the Shabbat. Without assuming any prior knowledge of physics, this talk will look at the physics related to the concept of the Shabbat Switch. What is strange, but nonetheless true, is that the weird area of physics known as quantum mechanics makes possible a perfect Shabbat Switch.


Presenters
avatar for Bob Frenkel

Bob Frenkel

Bob Frenkel is a semi-retired scientist at the National Measurement Institute of Australia, formerly part of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and is a foundation member of the Metrology Society of Australia. His main activity was accurate electrical measurements using quantum effects. He is now involved in the statistics of accurate measurements and, lately, in the statistics of accurate biochemical measurements.


Sunday June 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Farrell Room

12:00pm

Measuring death
Not all genocides are equal - in scope, scale, intent, motive, method, outcome and aftermath. US philosopher Henry Theriault and I are developing a Richter-Scale to measure these differences. The Holocaust is the universal standard of these events.

Presenters
avatar for Colin Tatz

Colin Tatz

Colin Tatz is the director of the Australian Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies and Visiting Fellow in Politics at ANU.


Sunday June 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Engineering Building Room G8

12:00pm

Ess mein kinder: feeding children without guilt

Food plays a central part in many Jewish families. At Rosh Hashana we eat honey cake and dip apples in honey; on Shabbat it's challah, chopped liver and chicken; on Pesach we serve kneidlach and gefilte fish; and so it goes on. Many parents become stressed, and dread mealtimes, when their children don't eat what is served to them. This presentation will give parents and grandparents some strategies to deal with food refusal and fussy eating.


Presenters
avatar for Eve Reed

Eve Reed

Eve Reed BSc Dip Nutr&Diet is an accredited practising dietitian, specialising in paediatric nutrition. For over 13 years Eve was employed by the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, where she held senior roles in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. For the past 10 years she has had her own practice in Sydney. Eve is passionate about helping parents take the stress out of feeding their children. She does this through individual... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Alumni Room

12:00pm

Missing links in learning. Why is my child having a learning difficulty? (Double session)

Does your child have a learning difficulty? Two prominent specialists in the area - Dr David Evian, a Behavioural Optometrist, and Ms Renee Mill, a Psychologist - will be discussing various learning, concentration and behavioural issues. Diagnosis and therapies will be included in the discussion. The session will include a joint question-and-answer discussion forum. This is a double session so all questions can be answered.


Presenters
avatar for David Evian

David Evian

David Evian is a Behavioural Optometrist, practising in St Leonards, with a special interest in learning, reading and concentration difficulties. He graduated in South Africa with a Doctor of Optometry with honours in Paediatric Optometry. He has a special passion and interest in helping children and adults with ADD/ADHD, autism, traumatic brain injury, and related conditions.
avatar for Shelley Hyman

Shelley Hyman

Dr Shelley Hyman is a Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychologist with extensive experience working with children with learning disabilities, ADHD and various cognitive disorders. She is the director of the Sydney Cognitive Development Centre in Bondi Junction where she works with other specialist neuropsychologists and cognitive trainers to provide wholistic assessments and treatment programs for children with a broad range of processing issues. She... Read More →
avatar for Renee Mill

Renee Mill

Renee Mill has been working as a clinical psychologist for over thirty years. She is a well-known author, public speaker and corporate trainer. She specialises in treating stress and anxiety and has developed a unique program which is highly effective. Renee has built her own business from scratch since arriving in Australia and therefore draws on her own experience as a business woman, clinician, wife and mother. Visit reneemill.com and... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Gonski Room

12:00pm

Shape the future: tissue engineering and embryonic stem cells

The rapidly increasing demand for organ and tissue transplantation has promoted tissue engineering and stem cell research as promising approaches for regenerative medicine. We have used those techniques to build a 3-dimensional heart tissue patch for people after a heart attack and to create an artificial pancreas for type 1 diabetes patients.


Presenters
avatar for Keren Francis

Keren Francis

Dr Keren Francis is Post Doctoral Researcher in the Embryology Unit, Children's Medical Research Institute, Westmead, and is one of the new generation of Technion multidisciplinary researchers. She is studying the underlying mechanism involved in childhood diseases, such as asthma and x-linked retardation disease. She obtained her PhD from the Technion in Biotechnology and currently uses her skills in genetic engineering to delete or over-express... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Ronald Room

12:00pm

The power of racist insults?

A brief analysis of how racial vilification and, in particular, antisemitism are getting a green light in Australia and elsewhere, and how the resonances with the rise of Hitler are growing.


Presenters
avatar for David Knoll

David Knoll

David Knoll is an active leader in the Jewish community. He served as President of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies from 2004 to 2008 and before that as Vice-President, from 1996 to 2004. He was chair of its Public Relations Committee until 1998 and chair of its Shoah Remembrance Committee. David is a barrister, and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of NSW Law School.


Sunday June 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Engineering Building Room G6

1:15pm

Israeli folk song unplugged!

An entertaining and informative interactive lecture, with musical demonstration, about the rich and exciting heritage of Israeli folk music. Dahlia will explore the history, development and evolution of Israeli folk song from biblical times till today. The session will include a mini-workshop in song writing and sing-along. Dahlia will surprise you with the unlikely origins of some well-known songs and entertain you with her special interpretation of Jewish liturgical song.


Presenters
avatar for Dahlia Dior

Dahlia Dior

Dahlia Dior was born in Jerusalem and comes from long line of Sephardic and Ashkenazi scholars and community leaders. She served in the IDF Nahal entertainment troop. Dahlia starred in Kazablan, a musical with Yehoram Gaon, and was a member of the (Naomi) Shemer Sisters popular song ensemble. Singing in over 20 languages, she has performed around the world, and has a Masters Degree in musicology (Macquarie University).
avatar for Stella Levinsky

Stella Levinsky

Stella Levinsky is an accomplished pianist and music teacher who has performed extensively and taught a large numbers of students all over the world. She was trained at the State Conservatory in Almaty Kazakhstan as a concert pianist and piano teacher. Stella has been teaching music and piano in Sydney for the past 10 years and also was the pianist for the B'nai B'rith choir in their various public performances. 


Sunday June 9, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room

1:15pm

The elusive nature of justice

The imperative to pursue justice is not always so clear-cut. What is required of us? What if justice to one person is injustice to another? Where can we find true justice and why is it so elusive? This performance is a mixture of traditional, personal, sacred and wisdom tales that will explore the trickster nature of justice - a pastiche of the personal experience of a storyteller and educator who has worked extensively for 30 years with communities in conflict, with diversity and Jewish education and in crosscultural situations, throughout Israel and Palestine, in South Africa and in white and indigenous Australia, as a social activist.


Presenters
avatar for Donna Jacobs Sife

Donna Jacobs Sife

Donna is an educator, writer, award-winning storyteller and peace-worker. She has taught Jewish studies for over 30 years and was well known for her regular column that ran for several years in the Australian Jewish News. She is co-founder of Jewish Voices for Peace and Justice and the Palestinian Jewish Dialogue Group. Donna currently works, as the School Program Director, for Together for Humanity Foundation, a non-profit organization... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Gallery 2

1:15pm

A Constitution for Israel

Is the State of Israel fulfilling its mission as declared in its Declaration of Independence? And why does Israel lack a constitution? This session will look at the democratic character of the State of Israel and the complex question of a proposed Israeli constitution. It will examine how Israel can successfully balance its promise of maintaining a Jewish character with its obligation to comply with democratic standards.  


Presenters
avatar for Gilad Kariv

Gilad Kariv

Gilad Kariv is Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and has been a leader and advocate on behalf of liberal Judaism in Israel since 1998. He has advanced legal and social activism on behalf of religious pluralism and social justice in Israeli society in diverse capacities. He is a board member of the Jewish Agency's Joint Institute for Jewish Studies and Hemdat: The Israel Association for the Promotion of Freedom of... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Engineering Building Room G8

1:15pm

Rhetoric and reality in the Middle East

Woman: Why do I hate certain things? Man: People fear those things they don't understand and fear breeds hate ... Why do you look at me that way? Woman: Because I hate what you just said! Man: But why? Woman: Because I don't understand it! Quotation from Mad's Dave Berg. We will explore the verbal attacks on Israel and their rhetorical fallacies, as well as pro-Israel countermeasures. Current examples will be discussed to better understand the rhetoric and the reality.


Presenters
avatar for Geoffrey Tofler

Geoffrey Tofler

Geoffrey Tofler was a student leader during the turbulent 1970s anti-Israel campus debates and is currently a NSW Zionist Council Director. He has maintained an interest in the rhetoric used by anti-Israel groups and in the arguments to combat them. His work as a cardiologist and researcher provides an additional perspective to evidence and bias.


Sunday June 9, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Alumni Room

1:15pm

Jewish responses in apartheid South Africa

One Jew’s experience in apartheid South Africa and the perspective he has since gained on other Jewish responses.


Presenters
avatar for Robin Margo

Robin Margo

Robin Margo was a student leader and anti-apartheid activist in South Africa and a Rhodes Scholar. Denied a passport for many years, he was eventually allowed to leave South Africa to accept a lectureship at the University of Queensland. A barrister and mediator, he is immediate past President of the Board of Deputies and President of New Israel Fund Australia.


Sunday June 9, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Farrell Room

1:15pm

Rehabilitating the child: the Buchenwald Boys in post-war France

This talk will examine the rehabilitation efforts that surrounded a group of 500 teenage Holocaust survivors after their arrival in France in June 1945. It will explore how the Buchenwald Boys were placed in an overcrowded orphanage, where tensions bubbled to the surface between non-compliant teenage survivors and adult professionals committed to their recovery.


Presenters
avatar for Daniella Doron

Daniella Doron

Daniella Doron is a Lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash. She received her PhD in 2009 from the Departments of History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and she has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Toronto and Colgate University.


Sunday June 9, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Gonski Room

1:15pm

The divine Sarah Bernhardt

Everyone knows that Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) was a French stage and early film actress who went on to become the most famous actress the world has ever known. But who knew of her connections to Australia and who knew of her Jewish connections? We will examine her life and often troubled/often triumphant times.


Presenters
avatar for Helen Webberley

Helen Webberley

Helen Webberley has been lecturing at the Centre for Adult Education in Melbourne since 1992. Her favourite eras are Victorian and Edwardian Britain and the Empire; the Belle Epoque in France; and the Secessionist movement in Germany and Austria.


Sunday June 9, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Ronald Room

1:15pm

Bloody Israelis

Are Israelis rude? Are they too loud? Too chutzpadic? This session is a comic performance portraying an immigration experience of different generations from Israel to the Australian diaspora. We will examine the causes and sources of Israeli mentality as well as the attitude of local Jewish community and Australian society in general towards Israelis. In our presentation we will challenge you to consider the cultural differences in a new light. (A special thank you to family members, colleagues and friends who have kindly agreed to participate in this program and shared their stories with us.)

 


Presenters
avatar for Hagit Baron

Hagit Baron

Hagit Baron is the Head of Hebrew at Emanuel School. She previously worked as the Head of Hebrew and Jewish Studies in Kadimah College in Auckland, New Zealand. Hagit and her family emigrated from Israel in 2002. She studied English Literature and Education at Tel Aviv University. She began her career as an English teacher in Israel.  
avatar for Sharon Baron

Sharon Baron

Sharon Baron is currently a Year 10 student at Emanuel School. She emigrated from Israel, with her family, first to New Zealand, at the age of four, and then to Sydney, at the age of nine. Although Sharon grew up in Australia, she has kept her Israeli identity, rergarding herself as a 'True Israeli'.  
avatar for Anna Maylis

Anna Maylis

Anna Maylis is a Hebrew and Drama Teacher at Emanuel School. She is the Director of JeSTAR – Jewish School Theatre for children. Anna studied Hebrew literature and general linguistics at Tel Aviv University and she completed her Diploma of Education at Sydney University. Anna made aliya from the former Soviet Union in 1990 and arrived in Australia in 1996.  


Sunday June 9, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

1:15pm

Community elders reflect: successes and failures in education and community work

With over a century of combined experience in Jewish education and Jewish community work, this panel provides a rare opportunity to hear stories of some of the successes and failures that these community elders have experienced. Panelists will reflect on what makes education successful, what good education looks like and comment on the future challenges facing the community


Moderators
avatar for Yotam Weiner

Yotam Weiner

Yotam is an educator living in Sydney. In June 2013 he will be taking up the post of Education Manager at the Sydney Jewish Museum. HIs former role was as a Jewish Studies teacher at Emanuel School, Sydney, and before that as a teacher of various subjects in various schools in Sydney, Melbourne and London. Yotam has studied philosophy, sociology and education at a tertiary level. He is desperately researching (so far... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Hilton Immerman

Hilton Immerman

Dr Hilton Immerman is the CEO of The Shalom Institute at the University of NSW. He has seven degrees from four continents. One of his academic interests is the Jew in English literature. He received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2004 and a Honorary Fellowship from UNSW in 2012.
avatar for Marilyn Immerman

Marilyn Immerman

Marilyn Immerman immigrated to Australia from South Africa with her husband, Hilton, in 1977. In 1981 she joined the staff of Moriah College High School as an English and History teacher. She was appointed Head of Jewish Studies, a position she held for 12 years. She taught mainly Jewish History and was responsible for creating the curricula for this as well as for a Year 11 course in Modern Israel Studies. She specialised in Holocaust History... Read More →
avatar for Colin Tatz

Colin Tatz

Colin Tatz is the director of the Australian Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies and Visiting Fellow in Politics at ANU.
avatar for Jenny Udovich

Jenny Udovich

Jenny Udovich teaches Hebrew and Jewish Studies (K-7)  at Emanuel School.  A former Co-ordinator of Hebrew at Masada College, she has had extensive experience teaching both the TaLAM and Neta programs and serving as a program teacher-trainer. Jenny, who has had 32 years’ teaching experience in Israel and Australia, is passionate about teaching Hebrew and Jewish Studies using Cultures of Thinking routines for effective learning... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Engineering Building Room G6

1:15pm

Om nom yom: Examining community celebrations and commemorations of the yoms

The question of the relevance of the 'yamim' (HaShoah, HaZikaron, Ha'atzmaut, Yerushalayim) isn't one that's examined in great depth - the baseline assumption being that these days are of unquestionable relevance and significance for each member of the community. But what if they're not? Does the problem lie with the individual or with the communal approach to commemoration and celebration? We'll explore the relevance of these events; whether they're 'working' and engaging people positively and leaving them fulfilled; what the barriers to widespread engagement are; and whether we're doing enough to get young people to commemorate and celebrate.


Moderators
avatar for Liam Getreu

Liam Getreu

Liam Getreu is the executive director of the New Israel Fund Australia. He is a graduate of Habonim Dror, a former chairperson of both the Australian Zionist Youth Council (AZYC) and the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS). Liam is a former columnist for the Australian Jewish News.

Presenters
avatar for Avril Alba

Avril Alba

Avril Alba is the Roth Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. Former Education Director at the Sydney Jewish Museum, she served as the Project Director/Curator for the refurbishment of the museum’s permanent exhibition 'Culture and Continuity'. She holds a BA (Hons)/BMus from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Theological Studies... Read More →
avatar for Nomi Blum

Nomi Blum

Nomi Blum is an eternal student who dabbles in a variety of community affairs and spends countless hours scrutinising all the madness and greatness of the Jewish world at large.
avatar for Michael Jaku

Michael Jaku

Michael Jaku is the child of two Holocaust survivors. He is 64, married to Linda, father of two and grandfather of three. Michael has been involved with the Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants and the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies for many years. He has chaired the Board of Deputies Shoah Remembrance Committee since 2009.  


Sunday June 9, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Engineering Building Room G1

1:15pm

The underbelly of the Jewish community

The Australian Jewish community is generally perceived as a prosperous, supportive and affable community – and this is largely true. However, there are certain dreadful realities that lie beneath the surface that challenge this perception. The incidence of poverty, domestic violence and sexual abuse in our community are issues we can neither ignore any longer or remain ignorant about. This session will consider evidence on the extent of poverty, with comparative reference to Sydney and Melbourne; the increasing number and public profile of revelations of child sexual abuse; and the unspoken subject of domestic violence and how we can support its victims.


Moderators
avatar for Bettina Cass

Bettina Cass

Bettina Cass is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy in the Social Policy Research Centre, University of NSW. She is Chair of the Social Justice Committee of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. She does research on disability policies, aged care services and family carers, and social justice policies for adults, children and young people in disadvantaged circumstances. | Bettina Cass was on the Programing team for Limmud-Oz 2013. | |

Presenters
avatar for Judith Levitan

Judith Levitan

Judith Levitan is a solicitor and founding member of the Jewish Alliance Against Family Violence, a community organisation that educates about family violence and promotes respectful relationships. Judith has worked for a number of years in the social justice sector as a solicitor, community legal education coordinator and project manager. She studied social work and law at university and completed an honours thesis in Social Work about community... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Markus

Andrew Markus

Andrew Markus is a research professor in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University. He is the lead researcher on the Australian Jewish population and Yiddish Melbourne projects. He has published extensively on Australian race relations and immigration history. 
avatar for Manny Waks

Manny Waks

Manny Waks is Founder and CEO of Tzedek, Founder and President of the Capital Jewish Forum and Director of the Online Hate Prevention Institute. He is a former Executive Officer of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission, Past President of the Canberra Jewish Community, Past Vice President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and a Past Governor of the NSW Jewish Communal Appeal Board of Governors. Manny grew up in... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Gallery 1

2:30pm

Performance

Alana will be performing new compositions, as well as music from her previous album and a few good-time oldies. If you would like a break from the cerebral part of the Limmud-Oz program, come along to the session, sit back and relax, smile, cry, tap your feet, dance or whatever else the music moves you to do.


Presenters
avatar for Alana Bruce

Alana Bruce

Alana Bruce is a Melbourne-based singer-songwriter, pianist and Limmud-Oz enthusiast. Alana‘s debut album, Degrees of Freedom, received rave reviews and nationwide airplay. Her music fuses jazz, grooves and contemporary rock and her lyrics are honest and genuine, telling stories that explore the diversity of human experience. Using  her Jewish roots for inspiration, she draws on Jewish musical styles and cantorial singing in her... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Leighton Hall

2:30pm

The Jew in Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s portrayal of Jews in The Merchant of Venice has had a huge social and cultural impact on western society from the time it was written (the late 1500s) to today. It is arguably the most important literary portrait of Jews ever written. In this session, we will consider the play and view some excerpts from a recent film to decide whether or not Shakespeare may be considered a Judeophobe or antisemite.


Presenters
avatar for Hilton Immerman

Hilton Immerman

Dr Hilton Immerman is the CEO of The Shalom Institute at the University of NSW. He has seven degrees from four continents. One of his academic interests is the Jew in English literature. He received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2004 and a Honorary Fellowship from UNSW in 2012.


Sunday June 9, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Engineering Building Room G6

2:30pm

A Progressive Zionist response to attacks from the anti-Israel Left

Precisely because Progressive Zionists have legitimate criticism of objectionable Israeli policies and behaviour, they are the best-suited Jewish communal activists to respond to the anti-Israel Left's calls for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, claims that Israel is an apartheid state and more. This session will cover both substantive issues and a discussion of tactics.


Presenters
avatar for Kenneth Bob

Kenneth Bob

Kenneth Bob is President of Ameinu, the North American Labour Zionist organization. He is Board Chair of the American Zionist Movement and a member of both the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors and the World Zionist Organization Executive. Professionally, Ken is an experienced high tech entrepreneur and currently serves as President of RenewTricity, a solar energy development company. Kenneth Bob is a guest of Ameinu Australia.


Sunday June 9, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

2:30pm

Failing school system + 3 years army + Gap year in Thailand = Start-Up Nation?

Israel's education system is not one of the world's best yet the country continues to punch above its weight on the technological, educational, scientific and economic world stage. This doesn't make any sense!!! The session will take a brief look at the Israeli school system and then try to answer the aforementioned conundrum.


Presenters
avatar for David Klahr

David Klahr

David Klahr, born in London, has been working at Moriah College since he came to Sydney from Jerusalem five years ago. While at the College, he has worked in the both the Formal and Informal Departments of Jewish Education and he is currently the Deputy Head of High School. David made Aliyah at the age of 24. He studied at Hebrew University, gaining his BA in English Literature and Sociology, his DipEd and a Masters in Jewish Education. While... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Engineering Building Room G8

2:30pm

'Counting teeth': the use of humour in the Rabbinic literature

While we do not usually think of the halakha as funny, the reality is that halakhic literature contains many examples of humour. From whimsical passages in the Mishna to caustic jibes in mediaeval commentaries, from jokes within the Talmud through to 17th-century insults, there is much within this corpus to both inform us and to entertain. This session will look at passages from a range of texts and a range of eras, both supporting and condemning the art of making jokes.


Presenters
avatar for Simon Holloway

Simon Holloway

Simon Hollowayis a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, since nobody has yet written his thesis for him. He teaches Jewish law, philosophy and history for Melton and at North Shore temple Emanuel. His research interests include metaphorical language in Tanakh, the development of the halakha, and Ultra-Orthodox subcultures in the State of Israel. | Simon Holloway was on the Programming team for Limmud-Oz 2013.


Sunday June 9, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Alumni Room

2:30pm

I'm under 18 and I do give a S*#!

Hear from a panel of young change-makers about what they deeply care about and how they are prepared to take action. Join educators and mentors in the Jewish Social Justice field to hear about how our community can continue to reinvigorate itself and provide meaningful connection points for youth. Join in the conversation: Have you seen youth make an impact? What opportunities do you offer youth to shine? Facilitated by Janet Granek (Jewish Aid Australia), Ruth Tofler Riesel and Carole Schlessinger (Kids Giving Back) and Isabella Satz (Emanuel School Prefect).


Moderators
avatar for Janet Granek

Janet Granek

Janet Granek is the Sydney Education Coordinator of Jewish Aid Australia and mum of two precious little girls. She has worked with the Jewish community in Sydney since 2004, mainly developing youth, young adult and family programs at North Shore Temple Emanuel. At Jewish Aid Australia, she is excited to provide the Jewish community opportunities to connect to their Judaism through social justice work. 

Presenters
avatar for Isabella Satz

Isabella Satz

Isabella Satz is a 17-year-old HSC student at Emanuel School. She is passionate about her role as Emanuel’s Social Action Prefect and believes in the power of young people to take action and make a difference.  
avatar for Carole Schlessinger

Carole Schlessinger

Carole Schlessinger is a co-founder and director of Kids Giving Back (KGB), a non-profit organisation providing volunteer opportunities for children, families, school and community groups. KGB's mission is to instil in children the joy of giving to others through real-life, hands-on experiences, to develop our next generation of leaders and create a culture of generosity and civic responsibility.   
avatar for Ruth Tofler-Riesel

Ruth Tofler-Riesel

Ruth Tofler-Riesel is a co-founder and director of Kids Giving Back (KGB), a non-profit organisation, providing volunteer opportunities for children, families, school and community groups locally, as well as nationally with indigenous communities and also internationally with partner programs. KGB's philosophy embraces volunteering as a two-way street, giving children and their families an opportunity to... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Gonski Room

2:30pm

Jewish - Aboriginal cooperation

This session will describe the bond between Jews and Aboriginal people. For example: Ngarigu linguist Dr Troy and native Revived Hebrew speaker Professor Zuckermann will explore perspicacious insights applicable from the Promised Land to the Lucky, albeit linguistically Unlucky, Country. Dr Troy will share her views on Israel, following a trip sponsored by the Yachad Foundation, in which Prof. Zuckermann introduced her to the Hebrew revival. Prof. Zuckermann will propose the establishment of 'Native Tongue Title' - to compensate Aboriginal people for linguicide.


Moderators
avatar for Ghil'ad Zuckermann

Ghil'ad Zuckermann

Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann (DPhil, Oxford; PhD, Cambridge, titular) is Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide; Visiting Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science and Shanghai International Studies University; author of the revolutionary bestseller Israeli – A Beautiful Language. He is currently applying lessons from the Hebrew revival to the reclamation of Aboriginal languages. www.zuckermann.org

Presenters
avatar for Michelle Jersky

Michelle Jersky

Michelle Jersky is the Project Officer of the Ngala Nanga Mai pARenT Group Program auspiced by the Department of Community Child Health, Sydney Children's Hospital Network (Randwick). The Ngala Nanga Mai pARenT Group Program uses art as a means to engage with the Aboriginal community in La Perouse and to build a strong social network amongst parents by providing a safe cultural space in the community. Michelle has a Masters Degree in Art History... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Jackson Pulver

Lisa Jackson Pulver

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM is the Chair of Indigenous Health, Professor Public Health and Director of Mura Marri Indigenous Health Unit at the University of New South Wales.  She was made a Member of Order of Australia (AM) ‘for service to medical education, particularly through the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit at UNSW, and as a support of educational opportunities for Indigenous people.’ She is also an Honorary Senior... Read More →
avatar for Jakelin Troy

Jakelin Troy

Director of AIATSIS Research, Indigenous Social and Cultural Wellbeing Jakelin is a Ngarigu woman whose country is the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. She is the mother of one beautiful little girl. Jakelin’s academic research is diverse but has a focus on languages and linguistics, anthropology and visual arts. She is particularly interested in Australian languages of New South Wales and ‘contact languages&rsquo... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Engineering Building Room G1

2:30pm

Jews of African lands

Joshua Nelson talks about growing up as an African-American Jew and other Jewish communities of African descent – from Ethiopia and other places you might be surprised to hear about. This session offers a new look at issues of race, ethnicity and cultural identity. 


Presenters
avatar for Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson is the creator and Prince of Kosher Gospel. Growing up in a Black Hebrew synagogue in the US, he was surrounded by gospel and, during his youth, became a widely celebrated gospel singer. Nelson studied in Israel for two years and, upon his return, began to apply his Jewish learning to music, beginning what has been called 'a revolution in Jewish music' by combining Jewish liturgical lyrics with one of America’s best-known... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Gallery 2

2:30pm

Singularly pluralistic - is pluralism good for our Jewish community?

Two of Australia's senior Jewish educators reflect on whether pluralism is good for our Jewish community. This session offers a stimulating mix of real-life examples and audience participation.


Presenters
avatar for Bryan Conyer

Bryan Conyer

Bryan Conyer has worked in Jewish education for many years, with a passion for nurturing pluralism within the Jewish community. Bryan received a PhD from Sydney University, after researching pluralism in Jewish Schools. He now works as the Deputy Principal Jewish Life, Emanuel School, and has a full-time job raising four gorgeous children.
avatar for Jeremy Stowe-Lindner

Jeremy Stowe-Lindner

Jeremy Stowe-Lindner is Bialik College’s Principal, having previously been Principal of the UK's JCoSS (Jewish Community Secondary School). Both schools are cross-communal and non-denominational. A history teacher and MBA graduate, Jeremy is passionate about cross-communal schooling as our community's future template. Jeremy has a tolerant wife and two wonderful children.


Sunday June 9, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Farrell Room

2:30pm

Women hold up half the sky

Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, will discuss the role of women living in the developing world and the enormous challenges they face. Ruth will explain that despite these challenges, women frequently serve as the catalysts for positive social change. She will highlight the women’s empowerment work of AJWS, which supports projects that help local women transform their own lives and create lasting and meaningful change for themselves, their families and their communities.


Presenters
avatar for Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the leading Jewish organization working to promote human rights and end poverty in the developing world. Ruth assumed this role in 1998, following a 20-year career in public service in New York City. As a leader in the interfaith human rights arena, she currently serves on the Obama administration’s Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy. Ruth frequently speaks... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room

3:45pm

The Dybbuk: star-crossed lovers in the shtetl

One of the best Yiddish movies, The Dybbuk (Poland, 1937), unites a detailed portrayal of Jewish folkways in the shtetl with universal themes of love, longing and the spiritual. Chonen and Leah are destined for each other, but after Chonen's early death, his spirit enters Leah's body as a 'dybbuk'. This presentation, including film clips, will explore some of the folkloric motifs in the film and reflect on why it continues to have universal appeal.


Presenters
avatar for Beatrice Caplan

Beatrice Caplan

Beatrice (Brukhe) Lang Caplan holds a PhD in Yiddish Studies from Columbia University and has taught Yiddish Language and Culture in many places, including The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Harvard University and the Uriel Weinreich Program at the YIVO Institute in New York. She currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and is a writer for the new animated Yiddish language program YiddishPOP. Her visit to Australia... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

3:45pm

Seeking asylum in Israel

With over 60,000 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel at the moment, the country is facing some tough questions regarding what it means to be a Jewish State. This interactive presentation will explore the various opinions within Israeli politics about how to treat these individuals. There will also be time for discussion about how Israel’s policy towards asylum seekers may impact on the relationship between diaspora Jews and Israel.


Presenters
avatar for Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher, born in Israel, has been exploring and observing Jewish life for as long as he can remember. He currently teaches a course on Israeli society, through film, at the Jewish Museum of Australia, and Judaic Studies at Mount Scopus Memorial College. In 2007 he spent a year at the Hebrew University on the Senior Educators Program, where he completed a major project on teaching Tanach in a pluralist setting.


Sunday June 9, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Ronald Room

3:45pm

The Australian media and Israel

A presentation depicting the image of the State of Israel in the Australian media, through Israeli eyes and point of view.


Presenters
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Einat Weiss

Einat Weiss is the Spokesperson at the Embassy of Israel of Canberra. Prior to that, she worked in the UN section of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. She has an MA in Diplomacy from Tel-Aviv University and a BA in Psychology and Communication from Haifa University.


Sunday June 9, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Engineering Building Room G6

3:45pm

Pledges of Jewish allegiance: What does conversion to Judaism really represent?

What is a person pledging when s/he converts to Judaism? How is it possible that even among Orthodox authorities, all of whom base their rulings on the same texts, debates rage about what makes a conversion valid? The reason, we’ll see, is that in ruling on conversion, rabbis are actually defining not only 'WHO is a Jew?' but 'WHAT is a Jew?'. We’ll look at several Orthodox responsa to see that even Orthodox authorities disagree about the fundamental question: what does it mean to be a Jew?


Presenters
avatar for Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis

Dr Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center. The author of ten published books - with another scheduled for publication in 2014 - he writes the regular column 'A Dose of Nuance' for the Jerusalem Post and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Commentary and other journals in print and online. A recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr Gordis was the Founding... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room

3:45pm

Sects and the City (of 2nd Temple period Jerusalem)

At the end of the Second Temple period there were many versions of Judaism in the marketplace of ideas. We will review sources like the Dead Sea Scrolls, the New Testament, Josephus and others to reconstruct this lost world. No prior knowledge of 'Sex and the City' required (although it will help with the quiz at the end).


Presenters
avatar for Tommy Sterling

Tommy Sterling

Tommy Sterling is as humble as Moses. He is a highly entertaining speaker who attended four Limmuds last year, including Limmud UK. Tommy loves to ask questions and explore the origin of all things Jewish. His passions span the traditional to the academic and include the Talmud, the Documentary Hypothesis and the evolution of Rabbinic Judaism. Tommy was involve in the programing committy of Limmud-Oz 2013


Sunday June 9, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Engineering Building Room 101

3:45pm

Through the lens of the Holocaust: the traces of the Shoah in testimonies of the Cambodian genocide

This talk examines the work of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute in consulting with the testimony-gathering efforts of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), an independent Cambodian research institute compiling written records, photographs and video testimonies of the Cambodian genocide. The collaboration between these two institutions raises pressing questions concerning the limits and possibilities of documenting more recent and contemporary genocides by using methods of testimony that were originally developed for survivors and witnesses of the Shoah. This talk thus considers the challenges of examining genocides at large through the particular lens of the Holocaust.


Presenters
avatar for Noah Shenker

Noah Shenker

Dr Noah Shenker is a lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies within the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University. In 2009 he received a PhD in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, completing a dissertation that examines the cultural and institutional mediations of Holocaust testimonies. He has now completed a book manuscript based on that work and has published in areas... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Gonski Room

3:45pm

Holy Hate! Muslims and Jews

To what extent is there hatred between Jews and Muslims? Is it based in sacred texts? Do Islamic  and Jewish sacred texts promote hatred, intolerance or coexistence? What to make of the prophet video violence? - And other honest discussions about modern contemporary hatred and what is being done. Some reflections, experiences and dilemmas from the coalface of interfaith relations and educational efforts with marginalised and disconnected youth.


Moderators
avatar for Zalman Kastel

Zalman Kastel

Rabbi Zalman Kastel was raised in the "ultra orthodox" Chasidic Jewish tradition yet reports being transformed by encounters with Christians and Muslims. Zalman is also National Director of the not-for-profit, multifaith-based Together for Humanity Foundation - fostering interfaith cooperation and bringing positive experiences of diversity to thousands of young Australians.

Presenters
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Omar Habbouche

Sheikh Omar Habbouche was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science degree and worked in the IT industry. Sheikh Omar attended various Islamic lessons and studied under a number of local Shaykhs from Sydney, as well as being a student in Daar Aisha Shariah College. From 2005 - 2009, Sheikh Omar travelled to Hadramut Valley, Yemen, in search of sacred knowledge and... Read More →
avatar for Mohamed Taha

Mohamed Taha

Mohamed is a final year Communications (Journalism) and Law student at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Currently he's an ABC radio journalist for 702 and Triple J's Hack program. He also reports for 2SER's flagship current affairs program 'The Wire' for national community radio. He is a key presenter for the multi-faith based diversity education organisation - Together for Humanity. Mohamed was also a member of the 2011 NSW... Read More →
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Iman Taleb

Iman Taleb is a graduate of the Bachelor of Oral Health. She is involved in a number of grassroots initiatives and works closely with the Lebanese Muslim Association. She is also a recent graduate of the Positive Intellect Programme which was taught by UK scholar, Aftab Malik; a UN Alliance of Civilizations global expert on Muslim affairs.


Sunday June 9, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Engineering Building Room G8

3:45pm

The triple threat? Anti-Israel sentiment, Australia and assimilation - South African Jewry in 2013

South African Jewry has lost much of its proud community to emigration, with many moving to Australia. It is the only country which has official relations with Israel yet simultaneously bans elected representatives and civil servants from visiting what many politicians call ‘an Apartheid state’. Every day, many young Jews turn away from Judaism while others turn to right-wing religiosity. Despite this, individuals from the community continue to excel professionally, there is a high rate of Jewish day-school attendance and an unprecedented level of engagement with the Zionist youth movements. Is this a community in trouble or one that is thriving? Time for questions and discussion included.


Presenters
avatar for Daniel Barnett

Daniel Barnett

Daniel Barnett holds a BSocSci and LLB from the University of Cape Town, is an Advocate of the High Court and works in the metals business in Johannesburg. He was Rosh Machaneh of Habonim Dror and has spent many years navigating Jewish politics. He serves as Co-Chair of Limmud Johannesburg and has presented at Limmud Conferences in the United Kingdom and throughout South Africa. Since 2010, Daniel has been actively involved in South Africa... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Engineering Building Room G1

3:45pm

Working mothers and stress
Common wisdom has it that mothers who work are more stressed than stay-at-home mums. Common ideas are that working mothers have to do a 'balancing act' and many question if women can 'have it all'. The recent book by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says that women should 'lean in' and not be afraid to embrace their careers. Renee Mill will address these issues and offer clarity with which to make choices optimum for your life.

Presenters
avatar for Renee Mill

Renee Mill

Renee Mill has been working as a clinical psychologist for over thirty years. She is a well-known author, public speaker and corporate trainer. She specialises in treating stress and anxiety and has developed a unique program which is highly effective. Renee has built her own business from scratch since arriving in Australia and therefore draws on her own experience as a business woman, clinician, wife and mother. Visit reneemill.com and... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Alumni Room

5:00pm

Delegitimisation: hot air or high impact?

The delegitimisation campaign against Israel continues unabated but what does it really have to show for itself? This session offers insights into the campaign, analysis of how Israel is faring and responding to ongoing attempts to malign it, and reflections on how the campaign played itself out in our own community.


Moderators
avatar for Lisa Jackson Pulver

Lisa Jackson Pulver

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM is the Chair of Indigenous Health, Professor Public Health and Director of Mura Marri Indigenous Health Unit at the University of New South Wales.  She was made a Member of Order of Australia (AM) ‘for service to medical education, particularly through the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit at UNSW, and as a support of educational opportunities for Indigenous people.’ She is also an Honorary Senior... Read More →

Presenters
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Meir Itzchaki

Meir Itzchaki is a senior diplomat in Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Following a career including serving as an officer in the Israel Defence Forces, Meir joined the Diplomatic Corps in 1994 after graduating from the Hebrew University with a degree in History and Middle Eastern Studies. Since then, he has served with distinction in posts around the world, from Africa to Europe. Meir's particular expertise has focused on international... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Markus

Andrew Markus

Andrew Markus is a research professor in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University. He is the lead researcher on the Australian Jewish population and Yiddish Melbourne projects. He has published extensively on Australian race relations and immigration history. 
avatar for Uri Windt

Uri Windt

Uri Windt, born in Israel, has previously been a trade union official with Actors Equity and a corporate regulator of state-based non-bank financial institutions and other cooperative organisations and he is currently in the private sector. He has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, including chairing Marrickville Skillshare and being a Director of Job Futures. He is currently Chair of Filling the Gap (which assists in placing... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Engineering Building Room G1

5:00pm

Everything you always wanted to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but thought it was too stupid to ask

An open session with questions, statements, answers (if possible) and discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the possibilities for peace. General questions can also be asked about Israel, Palestine and the rest of the region.


Presenters
avatar for Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin was the initiator and the person responsible for the secret back-channel between Israel and Hamas negotiating the release of Israeli abducted soldier Gilad Shalit. Gershon is the founder and co-chairman of the Israel/Palestine Centre for Research and Information (IPCRI), a joint Israeli - Palestinian public-policy think and “do”-tank located in Jerusalem. He served as an advisor on the Israeli - Palestinian peace... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room

5:00pm

Pesach is early this year but we need to fix the Jewish calendar

The Jewish year is slightly longer than the solar year and this is causing serious problems with the Jewish calendar. For example, Pesach, the 'Festival of Spring', now falls seven days later than it did when the calendar was promulgated by the Sanhedrin in 358 CE. Pesach is drifting into summer, then autumn and winter. In this talk, I explain what has gone wrong with the Jewish calendar and suggest how to fix it.


Presenters
avatar for Steve Schach

Steve Schach

Professor Emeritus Steve Schach is the author of 13 best-selling software engineering textbooks used worldwide and two Jewish Studies monographs (The Structure of the Siddur and The Structure of the High Holiday Services, published by Jason Aronson). He now writes spy thrillers, including Old Bach Is Come, published in March 2013.


Sunday June 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Engineering Building Room G6

5:00pm

Jewish Shanghai during WW2
Shanghai, China, during World War 2 hosted up to 30,000 Jews. Come, hear how and why this haven was a miracle in disguise - from an heir of this unique period in history.

Presenters
avatar for Danny Beran

Danny Beran

Danny Beran was a volunteer at the Jewish museum for the Shanghai exhibition and in 1997 took a trip with his mum, Dita, to revisit her childhood. He has been shaped by this time; his parents, who met in Shanghai and lived there from 1939 to 1948, were both from Vienna. 


Sunday June 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Scientia Building Ronald Room

5:00pm

Killing time, saving time: calendars and the Holocaust

How would our lives be changed if we had no idea what day it was? no idea when to observe religious holidays or mark the passing of another year? This session examines these intriguing questions in the context of the Holocaust, when Jews in ghettos, in camps and in hiding were compelled to develop innovative strategies to track time, maintain continuity with the past and envision a viable future.


Presenters
avatar for Alan Rosen

Alan Rosen

Avraham (Alan) Rosen PhD is the author or editor of ten books, most recently The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder (author) and Approaches to Teaching Wiesel’s Night (editor). Two edited collections are due out in the coming year: Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives and Literature of the Holocaust. He was a research fellow of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

5:00pm

'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' - Film and panel

A film that every Australian needs to see, followed by a panel discussion and action opportunities. The film Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea relates the story of the ‘refugee’. What pushes people to leave home? What do they leave behind? What do they fear? Why do they choose this path? And what does it take to turn someone into a ‘boat person’? The panel includes a Darfuri community leader, who will share his refugee story; representatives from the Asylum Seekers Centre, who will share information and facts about asylum seekers in Sydney; and Janet Granek, from Jewish Aid, who will reflect on how the Jewish community can help with this complex global problem. This is a double session.


Presenters
avatar for Lisa Brandon

Lisa Brandon

I have volunteered with Jewish Aid for the last year.  Along with many other volunteers, I assist primary and high school aged kids from the Darfur community with their school work at homework club at Ashfield Library each Sunday.  There are so many things I love about working with the kids, but what stands out most is the joy at seeing these bright young kids grow and develop a whole range of skills, all educational and personal... Read More →
avatar for Janet Granek

Janet Granek

Janet Granek is the Sydney Education Coordinator of Jewish Aid Australia and mum of two precious little girls. She has worked with the Jewish community in Sydney since 2004, mainly developing youth, young adult and family programs at North Shore Temple Emanuel. At Jewish Aid Australia, she is excited to provide the Jewish community opportunities to connect to their Judaism through social justice work. 
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Lewis Klipin

I have been involved with Jews for Social Action (JSA), which was established at North Shore Temple Emanuel in Chatswood, since its inception some 8 years ago. My role has been as the coordinator of JSA activities with the Asylum Seekers Centre, and these activities include providing lunch once a week at the ASC, establishing a "kitchen garden" including "bush tucker" at their Surry Hills premises, providing cooking classes, taking people on... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Engineering Building Room 101

5:00pm

Fertility and our community

Infertility is a very lonely and isolating experience. Hear from the co-founders of The Australian Jewish Fertility Network (AJFN), Shterny Dadon and Jodie Lowe Ariel, joined by co-organiser Leanne Whitten, to hear their journey to help raise awareness of the struggles and hardships of infertility and provide solutions in a supportive environment. Also hear from AFJN’s rabbinic advisor Rabbi Yoram Ulman, who supervises all halachic fertility treatments in Sydney. The AJFN is a one-of-a-kind organisation aiming to provide a vibrant online presence for people within the Australian Jewish community who may be experiencing infertility or would like more information on the issue of fertility. AJFN provides resources, information and offers both financial and emotional support to couples struggling with infertility.  

 


Presenters
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Shterny Dadon

Shterny Dadon co-founded the Australian Jewish Fertility Network (AJFN) in 2007. She was a female supervisor for couples undergoing IVF treatment and met a couple who were unable to afford the treatment. This encouraged her to run the first Spa for the Soul to raise money to help the couple. Since then AFJN has run five successful Spas for the Soul and has helped in the birth of nine babies. In addition to her involvement with AJFN... Read More →
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Jodie Lowe-Ariel

Jodie has been working in Women's Health for the past 10 years in the capacity of a Naturopath, Massage Therapist and Birth Support Doula.  Jodie is a Co-ordinator of AJFN, a Jewish Organisation which helps provide financial and emotional support to Jewish couples who require IVF and are struggling with the financial burden. Jodie is passionate about raising awareness about infertility and fundraising for the couples in... Read More →
avatar for Yoram Ulman

Yoram Ulman

Rabbi Yoram Ulman, of the Sydney Beth Din, is the rabbinic authority in all matters related to fertility. All Halachic (sanctioned by Jewish law) fertility treatments are under his guidance. We are fortunate in Sydney that the three major fertility clinics in the eastern suburbs have specific processes in place to accommodate the Rabbi and supervisors in all that is required by Halacha. Rabbi Ulman is the rabbinic advisor for Australian Jewish... Read More →
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Leanne Whitten

Since 2010 Leanne has been heavily involved in leading AJFN to the next phase as an organisation. Leanne has used her experience working with non-profit organisations to raise the organisation's profile within the the community and helping AJFN reach more people.


Sunday June 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Scientia Building Alumni Room

5:00pm

Supporting our children’s angry and upset feelings

One way of looking at tantrums is to describe them as 'attention seeking'. In previous generations, indeed, the response often was 'That child just needs a good hiding.' When we have an angry, upset or sad child in front of us, we often have an urge to ignore them, exile them or take over the problem. Diane will help us sort out whether we are dealing with a wobbly of control, upset or despair, with practical suggestions about what we can do. This is part of Diane's 'Temperament, Tips and Tachlis' series.


Presenters
avatar for Diane Levy

Diane Levy

Diane Levy is a household name in New Zealand, known as the person you turn to when you are having trouble managing children or the childish people in your life. She is a counselor, family therapist, speaker and author. Diane's publications include Of course I love you…NOW GO TO YOUR ROOM!, which was on the Booksellers’ Bestseller List for 2004; They look so lovely when they’re asleep; and Time Out... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Scientia Building Farrell Room

6:15pm

Jew me, sue me: antisemitism in popular song

This session will review the history of antisemitism in pop and rock music, with particular emphasis on the subtle and not so subtle use of antisemitic lyrics and imagery. We will investigate the origins and rise of racist punk music and Nazi rock and the bizarre involvement of artists including Eric Clapton, David Bowie, the Sex Pistols and Michael Jackson. In addition, we will consider the extent to which Jewish songwriters and performers, from Al Jolson to Sasha Baron Cohen, have wittingly or unwittingly contributed to this form of antisemitism.


Presenters
avatar for Gary Holzman

Gary Holzman

Gary Holzman has a passion for music and an encyclopaedic knowledge of Jewish musicians. For the past eight years he has run a course entitled 'The Jewish School of Rock', which he has presented at the Shalom Institute, North Shore Temple Emanuel and to various other Jewish organisations. In addition he is the founder and President of Shir Madness – Sydney Jewish Music Festival. In his spare time he manages to eke out a living as an... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Scientia Building Gallery 2

6:15pm

Am I a Zionist? From Aliyah to the IDF
The Australian Jewish community is known to be very influential regarding Jewish education and Zionism. But really how hard is it to make the decision and move to Israel? How difficult is it to adapt oneself to Israeli society? And is an oleh serving in the IDF what Israel really needs? How hard is it to be in the IDF? This session shows a personal journey, the conflicts of a Zionist living outside Israel and how our job is not finished once we make aliyah.

Presenters
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Yuval Nemirovsky

Yuval Nemirovsky, born in South America, was for many years a Zionist Youth Movement leader, active in many camps and seminars in Israel and around the world. He made aliyah in 2004, served in a special unit in the Israeli Defense Forces and studied International Relations at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He was a teacher at Machon LeMadrichim (Jewish Agency) and has been working for the Progressive Movement in Israel. Yuval is currently the... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Engineering Building Room G8

6:15pm

Drafting the Ultra-Orthodox to the Israel Defence Forces

In mid-2012, the Tal Law, which exempted tens of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) from serving in the IDF since the establishment of the State of Israel, expired. In the recent elections, Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party ran on a platform of forcing the Haredi population to shoulder their “fair share of the burden,” while Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu has been advocating that for years. The new government has pledged to phase in the draft for the vast majority of Haredi men over the coming years. But the Haredi population is steadfast against the move and the IDF is also concerned about its impact. Will this bring about the kind of social equality sought or a major civil disaster?


Presenters
avatar for Ron Ben Yishai

Ron Ben Yishai

Ron Ben Yishai is an award-winning journalist, commentator on national and international affairs and Special Assignment Correspondent for newspaper Yedioth Aharonot and the news website Ynet. He deals extensively with Israeli and Middle Eastern regional security and international affairs. He has covered – on location – ethnic and religious conflicts in Afghanistan (1989, 2001, 2002), Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Kenya... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

6:15pm

From 'Hatufim' to 'Homeland'

Hatufim (Prisoners of War) is an Israeli TV series which tells the story of how three Israeli soldiers struggle to integrate back into society after 17 years in terrorist captivity. When it was screened on Israeli TV, it was the highest rating show of the year, with its American spinoff, Homeland, achieving equal popularity and several Emmy awards. This session will explore the contrast between the two shows, with a specific focus on what this difference can teach us about Israeli society.


Presenters
avatar for Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher, born in Israel, has been exploring and observing Jewish life for as long as he can remember. He currently teaches a course on Israeli society, through film, at the Jewish Museum of Australia, and Judaic Studies at Mount Scopus Memorial College. In 2007 he spent a year at the Hebrew University on the Senior Educators Program, where he completed a major project on teaching Tanach in a pluralist setting.


Sunday June 9, 2013 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Engineering Building Room G1

6:15pm

Spinoza, the scandal of a heretic ban and the drastic need for a radically different Jewish education

The tragedy around the great Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza’s excommunication in the 17th century in Amsterdam created a crisis in Judaism which is still with us. How to prevent a repetition of Spinoza’s rejection of Judaism and make sure that our Judaism will even be able to inspire atheists.


Presenters
avatar for Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Nathan Lopes Cardozo is a prominent lecturer, thinker and author who is world renowned for his original insights into Judaism and his ability to communicate the relevance of Jewish values and practice in today’s complicated world. A native of the Spanish-Portuguese Jewish community of Holland, Rabbi Lopes Cardozo received ordination from the Gateshead Talmudic College and studied in Israel at the Institute for Higher Rabbinical Studies of... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room

6:15pm

“Women known for these acts” – lesbianism in halachah
The prohibition in the book of Leviticus against male homosexuality is well known and it is often assumed that the same laws apply equally to women. However, female homosexuality is not even mentioned in the Torah, and while it is discussed in later rabbinic sources, it is treated quite differently. In this session, we will explore how lesbian sexual activity is viewed in halachah and consider some radical changes happening in the contemporary Jewish world.

Presenters
avatar for Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz is the Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia in Melbourne. She has previously worked in exhibition-related roles at major state institutions and she is an experienced Jewish educator. Rebecca holds Masters Degrees in Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies as well as a Diploma of Education.


Sunday June 9, 2013 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Engineering Building Room G6

6:15pm

Formations of memory: the shaping of Holocaust survivor testimonies

This talk by Dr Noah Shenker examines the prospects for the future uses of Holocaust survivor testimonies, arguing that in order to better interpret and more ethically utilise those invaluable resources, we must first understand how they are shaped by the cultures and methods of the archives and museums that preserve them.


Presenters
avatar for Noah Shenker

Noah Shenker

Dr Noah Shenker is a lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies within the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University. In 2009 he received a PhD in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, completing a dissertation that examines the cultural and institutional mediations of Holocaust testimonies. He has now completed a book manuscript based on that work and has published in areas... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Scientia Building Alumni Room

6:15pm

The ghetto and the poet

Wladyslaw Szlengel became known as the 'Poet of the Ghetto'. Already a popular satiric poet before the War, he consciously took on the roles of keeping up morale among his fellow-condemned and of creating a verse-history of the ghetto. He and his wife were shot by the Nazis on 5 May 1943. To the end he preserved remarkable detachment, a great sense of humour and astute artistic self-criticism.


Presenters
avatar for Marcel Weyland

Marcel Weyland

Marcel Weyland was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1927. He escaped in 1939 and after a period in a Japanese camp reached Sydney in 1946. Here he became an architect and lawyer and a translator of Polish poetry, with four volumes published. These include Echoes - Poems of the Holocaust and a bilingual anthology of W. Szlengek's verse, What I Read to the Dead. Marcel received the medal of the Order of Australia and, from the President of... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Scientia Building Ronald Room

6:15pm

'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' - Film and panel (continued)

A film that every Australian needs to see, followed by a panel discussion and action opportunities. The film Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea relates the story of the ‘refugee’. What pushes people to leave home? What do they leave behind? What do they fear? Why do they choose this path? And what does it take to turn someone into a ‘boat person’? The panel includes a Darfuri community leader, who will share his refugee story; representatives from the Asylum Seekers Centre, who will share information and facts about asylum seekers in Sydney; and Janet Granek, from Jewish Aid, who will reflect on how the Jewish community can help with this complex global problem. This is a double session.


Presenters
avatar for Lisa Brandon

Lisa Brandon

I have volunteered with Jewish Aid for the last year.  Along with many other volunteers, I assist primary and high school aged kids from the Darfur community with their school work at homework club at Ashfield Library each Sunday.  There are so many things I love about working with the kids, but what stands out most is the joy at seeing these bright young kids grow and develop a whole range of skills, all educational and personal... Read More →
avatar for Janet Granek

Janet Granek

Janet Granek is the Sydney Education Coordinator of Jewish Aid Australia and mum of two precious little girls. She has worked with the Jewish community in Sydney since 2004, mainly developing youth, young adult and family programs at North Shore Temple Emanuel. At Jewish Aid Australia, she is excited to provide the Jewish community opportunities to connect to their Judaism through social justice work. 
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Lewis Klipin

I have been involved with Jews for Social Action (JSA), which was established at North Shore Temple Emanuel in Chatswood, since its inception some 8 years ago. My role has been as the coordinator of JSA activities with the Asylum Seekers Centre, and these activities include providing lunch once a week at the ASC, establishing a "kitchen garden" including "bush tucker" at their Surry Hills premises, providing cooking classes, taking people on... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Engineering Building Room 101

6:15pm

What does Adelaide have to teach Jewish Australia?

Adelaide's unaffiliated Jewish youth group this year is co-led by madrichim with primary affiliations to Hineni, Habonim, Netzer and Beitar. Is this model unique to Adelaide, or is it something other regions might like to explore?


Presenters
avatar for Shoshana Kaminsky

Shoshana Kaminsky

Shoshana Kaminsky has served as Rabbi of Beit Shalom Progressive Synagogue in Adelaide since 2006 and is active in both Jewish and multifaith endeavours in South Australia. She was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1994. Following ordination, she worked for two years as a hospital chaplain in Philadelphia and New York City.


Sunday June 9, 2013 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Scientia Building Farrell Room

7:30pm

Jews your words!

Are you one of the 80% of Jews who've been blessed with the 'Gift of the Gab'? Or one of the 95% of Jewish men who can't get a word in over dinner? No matter what (made up) percentile you belong to, you'll enjoy learning some crazy techniques that will help you BE HEARD - Jew style.


Presenters
avatar for Tami  Sussman

Tami Sussman

Tami Sussman threw herself in the Spoken Word and Comedy scene in 2012, writing and performing her first one-woman show My Furry Heart. The show was a tremendous success, attracting over 600 people across a series of five shows. Tami has since been invited on radio and to MC and perform at a range of festivals and events around Australia and New Zealand. In November last year, she appeared at The Comedy Store alongside Akmal Saleh and Joel... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Scientia Building Gallery 2

7:30pm

Sing with a FULL Jewish heart: Take home songs from Ashkenaz, Sephard and Yemenite traditions

Yes, Shabbat’s kept the Jews. But Torah, humour and stunning songs at dining tables have kept the Jews' heads high. The best part? It has never mattered if one can't sing for peanuts - only that one tries. Because even the words we pass on to family and guests are packed with meaning, as you’ll see ... Come, learn songs from three cultures. Because it ALL belongs to you. Song sheets with transliterations? Yours to keep.


Sunday June 9, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Scientia Building Farrell Room

7:30pm

Living in a movie

This session will use film to analyse the change in Israeli society's perception of the Israeli soldier. Specifically I will focus on the extent to which attitudes within Israel have changed towards soldiers as the conflict continues. I will use film to illustrate the change in the psyche of Israeli society, and together we will experience the rollercoaster of emotions that Israelis have felt over 65 years in relation to soldiers. We will cover movies such as Waltz With Bashir, Miftzah Yonatan, Miftzah Safta and many more.


Presenters
avatar for Leora Golomb

Leora Golomb

Leora Golomb, raised in Israel, is currently working as the Shlicha for the Australian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS). After completing her service in a rescue unit in the Israeli Air Force, she began a career in youth engagement, focusing on social change. Graduating from Ben Gurion University with a degree in politics, government and mass communications, Leora was in charge of coordinating student involvement within the student union at Ben... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Engineering Building Room 101

7:30pm

The conduit to freedom – the story of the secret back channel negotiations between Israel and Hamas for the release of Gilad Shalit

The story of almost five and half years in which Gershon Baskin communicated with Hamas leaders in an attempt to bring Gilad Shalit home from captivity in Gaza. Those contacts eventually led to secret direct back-channel negotiations authorised by the Government of Israel and the Hamas leaders which led to the breakthrough that resulted in the prisoner exchange and Gilad’s return to freedom and home.


Presenters
avatar for Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin was the initiator and the person responsible for the secret back-channel between Israel and Hamas negotiating the release of Israeli abducted soldier Gilad Shalit. Gershon is the founder and co-chairman of the Israel/Palestine Centre for Research and Information (IPCRI), a joint Israeli - Palestinian public-policy think and “do”-tank located in Jerusalem. He served as an advisor on the Israeli - Palestinian peace... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

7:30pm

The G-d of truth and the Torah of truth: what's the truth?

Our liturgy has made these two truth claims for thousands of years, and yet for some they may seem to conflict. An exploration of our ancestral teaching about God and how this may guide us to reading Torah as a text of unity and embrace.


Presenters
avatar for Jeffrey Kamins

Jeffrey Kamins

Jeffrey Kamins, Senior Rabbi at Emanuel Synagogue, is affiliated with the Masorti (Conservative) movement and has helped develop Emanuel Synagogue as a pluralist synagogue, creating community and celebrating diversity. He serves on the Board of the Shalom Institute and is a rabbinic advisor to the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.


Sunday June 9, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Scientia Building Gallery 1

7:30pm

Whisky and the treif wine barrel effect

In this session, we'll delve into the halachos on what may render a whisky kosher or non-kosher. Specifically, we'll spend some time discussing the effects of maturing a spirit in a barrel that has previously held a non-kosher wine product, like sherry or port.


Presenters
avatar for Hymie Eisman

Hymie Eisman

Ḥymie Eisman is a Personal Whisky & Spirits Consultant and Founder at The Spiritual Guide, which sells premium and boutique spirits privately to connoisseurs across Australia.


Sunday June 9, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Scientia Building Gonski Room

7:30pm

A drama of faith and family: custody disputes in post-liberation France

This talk will examine the Finaly Affair of 1953, in which a Catholic woman had two Jewish children baptised and kidnapped to Spain. We will discuss how such custody disputes reveal competing notions about French national identity in the wake of Vichy.


Presenters
avatar for Daniella Doron

Daniella Doron

Daniella Doron is a Lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash. She received her PhD in 2009 from the Departments of History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and she has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Toronto and Colgate University.


Sunday June 9, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Scientia Building Alumni Room

7:30pm

Child sexual abuse – working together as a community

Dr Cathy Kezelman, President of Adults Surviving Child Abuse (national peak body for adult survivors of childhood trauma), and Manny Waks, President of Tzedek (advocacy group for Jewish victims/survivors of child sexual abuse) discuss how we can all work together to address the issue of child sexual abuse. Both Manny and Cathy are victims/survivors of child sexual abuse. This session will be moderated by the Sydney Editor of the Australian Jewish News, Josh Levi.


Moderators
avatar for Josh Levi

Josh Levi

Josh Levi is the associate editor of The Australian Jewish News. He has covered politics, sport, community news and recently the alleged cases of child sexual abuse in Sydney and Melbourne. Josh has been fortunate enough to interview leading Australians during his time at The Australian Jewish News, including Mike Tyson last year and Prime Minister Julia Gillard in her office this year.

Presenters
avatar for Cathy Kezelman

Cathy Kezelman

Dr Cathy Kezelman is a medical practitioner, mental health consumer advocate, President of Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) and director of Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC). She is co-author of Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery.
avatar for Manny Waks

Manny Waks

Manny Waks is Founder and CEO of Tzedek, Founder and President of the Capital Jewish Forum and Director of the Online Hate Prevention Institute. He is a former Executive Officer of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission, Past President of the Canberra Jewish Community, Past Vice President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and a Past Governor of the NSW Jewish Communal Appeal Board of Governors. Manny grew up in... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Engineering Building Room G1

7:30pm

Tango and gefilte fish

It is said that when Jews arrived in Argentina, they left their rabbis behind. Unlike most communities worldwide, this Jewry was established around culture, politics and love of Israel. This session will be about the past, the present and the vision of the future of this other Southern Hemisphere Jewish world.


Presenters
avatar for Gabriel Weitz

Gabriel Weitz

Gabriel Weitz is an Industrial Engineer from Argentina, a youth leader at the Jewish Community of Rosario, founder of the enviromentalist NGO 'STS' and a member of the ROI Community of Young Jewish Innovators.


Sunday June 9, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Scientia Building Ronald Room

7:30pm

The Jewish community in 2035 - how bright is the future looking?

Cast your mind forward 20 years – what does Australian Jewry look like? Is the Lucky Country still home to a Lucky Community of proud, prosperous Jews? Or will we see a community dispersed by the rising cost of property, divided by political/religious clashes, and gutted by assimilation and intermarriage? Come and hear the perspective of these Gen Y Jewish professionals and lay leaders across youth movements, AUJS, and Israel-focused and communal organisations on what the future holds for Australian Jewry.


Moderators
avatar for Liam Getreu

Liam Getreu

Liam Getreu is the executive director of the New Israel Fund Australia. He is a graduate of Habonim Dror, a former chairperson of both the Australian Zionist Youth Council (AZYC) and the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS). Liam is a former columnist for the Australian Jewish News.

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Flitman

Rachel Flitman

Rachel Flitman is the Director of Hillel. Prior to this, she worked for two years at the Embassy of Israel in Canberra, served as the National Development Convener for the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) and was for many years active in the Scouting movement. She is studying part-time toward a Masters in Community Development and Disaster Management.
avatar for Ellie Golvan

Ellie Golvan

Ellie Golvan has been an active member of the Melbourne and Australian Jewish community for as long as she can remember. After graduating from Mount Scopus College, she spent a year in Israel with her Zionist youth movement, Hineni, where she spent three years as a madricha. She also took on the roles of State and Federal Rosh at Hineni. After three years in youth movements, Ellie worked as Chairperson of the Australia Zionist Youth Council. Last... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz, originally from South Africa via the UK, has been in Australia long enough to have graduated from Moriah College in Sydney in 2005. He studied applied mathematics at the University of Sydney and is currently completing a law degree at the University of Technology Sydney. He has been active in the Jewish community since joining the AUJS executive at the University of Sydney to help advocate for Israel during the 2006 Second... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room

8:45pm

'Ushpizin'

While the overwhelming number of Hasidic groups can trace their rabbinic leadership back to the Maggid of Mezeritch, who was a disciple of the Baal Shem Tov, there are some notable exceptions. One of these is the movement founded by Rebbe Nachman, the Baal Shem Tov's great-grandson. Known as Breslovers, they have had a chequered history: some consider them to be a messianic movement, while some others believe that they are not really Hasidim at all. Gidi Dar's 2005 film, Ushpizin, relates the misadventures of a newly religious Breslov couple in Jerusalem. The screening will be introduced by Simon Holloway, who will provide a short introduction to Breslov and to its various subgroups. This is a double session.


Presenters
avatar for Simon Holloway

Simon Holloway

Simon Hollowayis a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, since nobody has yet written his thesis for him. He teaches Jewish law, philosophy and history for Melton and at North Shore temple Emanuel. His research interests include metaphorical language in Tanakh, the development of the halakha, and Ultra-Orthodox subcultures in the State of Israel. | Simon Holloway was on the Programming team for Limmud-Oz 2013.


Sunday June 9, 2013 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Engineering Building Room G1

8:45pm

Performance

Building on the acoustic instrumentation of 2010’s acclaimed Half Man Half Woman, Stories Of Ghosts adds layers of wood, strings and air, creating a sound that veers from delicate and melancholy to savage and fierce. As a live performance, Conway and Zygier have found ways to challenge the limits of sound that two guitars and two voices can make.


Presenters
avatar for Deborah Conway

Deborah Conway

Deborah Conway is a significant and eloquent contributor to Australian music, singing songs that chronicle the essential elements of life, from the mundane to the spiritual. Her powerful voice and presence have fascinated audiences for the past 30 years. A rare female agitator in a time when the music industry was male dominated, Conway continues to be a role model for young women and a mentor to emerging artists. Conway is also the producer of a... Read More →
avatar for Willy Zygier

Willy Zygier

Willy Zygier is a seductive, thought-provoking composer whose work is rich, rhythmic and distinctive. As well as composer his musical career encompasses roles as musician, arranger, producer and programmer. Willy is the primary collaborator with Deborah Conway. Together they have composed and recorded nine albums and co-devised and produced the ground-breaking series of concerts called 'Broad'. This body of work forms a significant... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Scientia Building Leighton Hall

8:45pm

SuperJews: Jews and the invention of the comic book

Most of the famous American comic books, including Batman, X-Men and Spiderman, were created by immigrant Jews. Why did this segment of the American population choose this ‘undesirable’ profession, these specific characters and the themes surrounding them? We look at how the lives of the creators often echoed those of the heroes they created as well as why Jews, particularly, found the field of comic books so appealing.


Presenters
avatar for Daniel Barnett

Daniel Barnett

Daniel Barnett holds a BSocSci and LLB from the University of Cape Town, is an Advocate of the High Court and works in the metals business in Johannesburg. He was Rosh Machaneh of Habonim Dror and has spent many years navigating Jewish politics. He serves as Co-Chair of Limmud Johannesburg and has presented at Limmud Conferences in the United Kingdom and throughout South Africa. Since 2010, Daniel has been actively involved in South Africa... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room

8:45pm

Israeli political activism and the social media revolution
Mickey Gitzin, the director of Israel Hofshit (Be Free Israel), is one of Israel's most savvy political activists. With a few clicks of the button, his movement has compelled thousands into the streets to protest against Israel's close relationship between religion and state, Israel Defence Force (IDF) exemptions for the Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox) and the victimisation of a young girl on a bus by Haredim for dressing 'immodestly'. In this session, he'll explore the power of the young generations in forcing political change, organised through the power of their e-voices.

Presenters
avatar for Mickey Gitzin

Mickey Gitzin

Mickey Gitzin is the Executive Director of Israel Hofshit ('Be Free Israel'), a grassroots organization that aims to influence public opinion and policy making on the issues of religion and state in Israel. Previously Mickey was the spokesperson of MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz). He was also a Project Director at European Friends of Israel and worked as the Associate Director of 'Festival Beshekel', which works to develop avenues for cultural and... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

8:45pm

The Jewish echo-chamber and the Israel debate
A room full of Jews. A Jewish audience-member asks the Jewish presenter, "Can you tell us what the Palestinians are thinking?" The Jewish presenter replies with information she has heard from other Jews. Another audience member begins berating the presenter about a Palestinian policy. An event to express solidarity with Israel in light of the latest controversy. The organisers are Jewish. The speakers are Jewish. The attendees are Jewish. It is lauded as a success in the Jewish press. These scenes are very common - but are they what we want? Is the community effectively educating itself and promoting its cause? or is it simply deceiving itself? How much can we really learn or achieve through talking only to each other?

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz, originally from South Africa via the UK, has been in Australia long enough to have graduated from Moriah College in Sydney in 2005. He studied applied mathematics at the University of Sydney and is currently completing a law degree at the University of Technology Sydney. He has been active in the Jewish community since joining the AUJS executive at the University of Sydney to help advocate for Israel during the 2006 Second... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Scientia Building Gallery 1

8:45pm

Moses on steroids

Would Moshe condone or condemn Lance Armstrong's behaviour? Cheating and steroids seem to be tainting sport as we know it, but is it really so bad? Come, find out the Jewish perspective on drugs and cheating in sport and elsewhere, as we analyse Biblical and Talmudic sources on the matter.


Presenters
avatar for Eli Farkas

Eli Farkas

Eli Farkas is the Rabbi at Maroubra Synagogue and College Rabbi at Mount Sinai College. He served as Congregational Rabbi for five years in Buffalo, New York, after receiving his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, with a Masters degree in Jewish Education and a Bachelors degree in Biology.


Sunday June 9, 2013 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Scientia Building Ronald Room

8:45pm

Forgotten heroes of social change
Many Jews have played an important part in social activism and bringing about important changes in society. Unfortunately, many of these people have been forgotten or are not talked about often enough. Come and learn a brief account of the life of (among others): Emma Goldman, Hedy Lamarr, Abie Natan, Ron Castan, Rosa Luxemberg, Louis Marshall and Isaac ben Judah Abravanel.

Presenters
avatar for Yotam Weiner

Yotam Weiner

Yotam is an educator living in Sydney. In June 2013 he will be taking up the post of Education Manager at the Sydney Jewish Museum. HIs former role was as a Jewish Studies teacher at Emanuel School, Sydney, and before that as a teacher of various subjects in various schools in Sydney, Melbourne and London. Yotam has studied philosophy, sociology and education at a tertiary level. He is desperately researching (so far... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Scientia Building Alumni Room

8:45pm

Don't tell Grandma I'm dating a gentile

What does intermarriage have to do with the Holocaust? More than you'd think. For many survivor families, the prospect of a child or grandchild marrying out is a source of immense tsouris and conflict. But does intermarriage really threaten Holocaust remembrance? Do we need to reorient ourselves to the ways in which the third-generation chooses to commemorate the Shoah? Using two literary sources, this talk explores third-generation remembrance through the prism of a divisive issue.


Presenters
avatar for Anthony Levin

Anthony Levin

Anthony Levin is a writer, teacher and former human rights lawyer who has published poetry and written for stage. As an early-career academic, his research includes literature, human rights and post-Holocaust fiction. He is also the first third-generation Board Member of the Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors & Descendants.


Sunday June 9, 2013 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Scientia Building Farrell Room

8:45pm

Living a Torah lifestyle as an intersex/trans/bisexual/lesbian/gay Jew

In Orthodox communities, living a 'Torah lifestyle' is often contrasted with having lesbian/gay/bisexual/trans/intersex (LGBTI) experience. As a halachically observant man with extensive experience in Jewish communal outreach, Gávi will share his insights about how LGBTI Jews can live a Torah lifestyle. He will discuss guidelines and halachic approaches to make Orthodox communities safer, healthier and more welcoming environments for LGBTI Jews. All are welcome.


Presenters
avatar for Gavi Ansara

Gavi Ansara

Gávi Ansara received the 2002 Keshet Leadership of the Year Award as founder of an Orthodox gender and sexuality outreach project and more recently received the 2012 APA Transgender Research Award. Gávi is working in national LGBTI health policy while completing his PhD in Psychology and specialising in sexual health counselling.


Sunday June 9, 2013 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Scientia Building Gallery 2

8:45pm

Living on Campus: Social scene, rite of passage or educationally advantageous?

A panel on College life including professionals who work in the field, as well as current students and college graduates from both Australia and overseas. They will discuss their experiences, how it shapes/shaped them and what benefits there are, as well as the challenges, compared to living at home. We would like to present the difference between the USA/Canada and other societies, where this is a rite of passage, and compare this with Australia, where it is far from the norm. Allison Conyer will speak on the social implications this has, as an educator passionate about young adult education and development. 


Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Leib

Jonathan Leib

Jonathan’s business experience spans property development, high tech product marketing and management consulting in Sydney, Silicon Valley and London.  Jonathan believes passionately that education is the key to building an engaged community.  He has an MBA from Stanford, a M. Prop. Dev. from UTS and a BSc (Hons1) from UNSW.  He is a past resident and tutor of Shalom College. Jonathan currently serves as President of The... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Allison Conyer

Allison Conyer

Rabbi Allison Conyer is Jewish Studies teacher at Emanuel School and former Executive Director of Santa Barbara Hillel at UC Santa Barbara. She has a particular interest in young adult education and will share her thoughts about young adult education and experiences, comparing the American and Australian university experience.
avatar for Mark Krischer

Mark Krischer

Mark Krischer - CTO Borderless Networks - Asia Pacific and Japan at Cisco. Mark received his Masters of Engineering Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of NSW in Sydney, Australia, and a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, where he graduated magna cum laude. Residing in college in both countries, he is able to offer insight into the differing attitudes and experiences.
avatar for Talia Swersky

Talia Swersky

Talia Swersky graduated from Carmel High School in Perth, where she did her first year of an Engineering degree. She is currently living at Shalom and creating “a home away from home.” Talia was a madricha in B’nei Akiva, and Kashrut at the College is critical for her. She is able to offer a view of an undergraduate living away from home.
avatar for Sophia Theeboom

Sophia Theeboom

Sydney born Sophia Theeboom grew up in Cape Town where she was an active member of Netzer. She spent her gap year in Israel on the popular Shnat leadership program and moved back to Sydney for her studies. During this time she was Head of Education for Netzer’s Sydney branch and ran youth programs for the Emanuel Synagogue. Sophia holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Modern Hebrew from the University of Sydney and is the Office Manager... Read More →
avatar for Bella Williams

Bella Williams

Bella Williams is a Shalom College resident and postgraduate student in medical research at the Lowy Institute. She will discuss life in College as a postgraduate student and how it differs from her expectations. 


Sunday June 9, 2013 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Scientia Building Gonski Room

10:00pm

'Ushpizin' (continued)

While the overwhelming number of Hasidic groups can trace their rabbinic leadership back to the Maggid of Mezeritch, who was a disciple of the Baal Shem Tov, there are some notable exceptions. One of these is the movement founded by Rebbe Nachman, the Baal Shem Tov's great-grandson. Known as Breslovers, they have had a chequered history: some consider them to be a messianic movement, while some others believe that they are not really Hasidim at all. Gidi Dar's 2005 film, Ushpizin, relates the misadventures of a newly religious Breslov couple in Jerusalem. The screening will be introduced by Simon Holloway, who will provide a short introduction to Breslov and to its various subgroups. This is a double session.


Presenters
avatar for Simon Holloway

Simon Holloway

Simon Hollowayis a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, since nobody has yet written his thesis for him. He teaches Jewish law, philosophy and history for Melton and at North Shore temple Emanuel. His research interests include metaphorical language in Tanakh, the development of the halakha, and Ultra-Orthodox subcultures in the State of Israel. | Simon Holloway was on the Programming team for Limmud-Oz 2013.


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Engineering Building Room G1

10:00pm

Kosher gospel performance
The Prince of Kosher Gospel takes to the stage in a Jewish music performance like no other. Hear why Oprah is calling him “the next big thing” and, if you're inclined, get up and groove!

Presenters
avatar for Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson is the creator and Prince of Kosher Gospel. Growing up in a Black Hebrew synagogue in the US, he was surrounded by gospel and, during his youth, became a widely celebrated gospel singer. Nelson studied in Israel for two years and, upon his return, began to apply his Jewish learning to music, beginning what has been called 'a revolution in Jewish music' by combining Jewish liturgical lyrics with one of America’s best-known... Read More →
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Chad Thorne

Chad Thorne is the brother and back-up singer of Joshua Nelson.


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Scientia Building Leighton Hall

10:00pm

Water and peace: Israel, Jordan and Palestine

Water is a pathway to peace. Via video link-up, we'll discuss two key examples: 1) How 29 Israeli and Palestinian Mayors have entered Memorandum of Understandings to solve mutual environmental problems; 2) Development of a Masterplan to rehabilitate the Jordan River, involving Israel, Palestine and Jordan - with many comparisons to the issues plaguing the Murray - Darling Rivers system.


Moderators
avatar for Uri Windt

Uri Windt

Uri Windt, born in Israel, has previously been a trade union official with Actors Equity and a corporate regulator of state-based non-bank financial institutions and other cooperative organisations and he is currently in the private sector. He has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, including chairing Marrickville Skillshare and being a Director of Job Futures. He is currently Chair of Filling the Gap (which assists in placing... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Gidon Bromberg

Gidon Bromberg

Gidon Bromberg is the Israeli Director of EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME), a regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists to promote sustainable development and advance peace efforts in the Middle East. Time magazine honoured the organisation for their unique environmental peace-building efforts; they have also won numerous prestigious international awards. Gidon has written... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Scientia Building Gallery 2

10:00pm

Confidentiality & confession

What does Jewish law say about sensation and scandal? Is reporting always a violation of the strict laws of Lashon Hara? Is there a duty to inform the public interest? How do we protect the innocent from predators and from defamation? What does Halacha say about confidentiality? Do confession and forgiveness mean putting it all out in the open?


Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Lawrence

Jeremy Lawrence

Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence is Chief Minister of The Great Synagogue, Sydney. He is a religious advisor to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies; a founder member of the NSW Jewish Arbitration and Mediation Service (JAMS); and President of the Religious Zionist Organisations of Australia. He is active in interfaith dialogue and has represented the New Zealand and Australian Jewish communities to... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Scientia Building Gallery 1

10:00pm

Fighting hunger in a world of plenty - a grassroots approach

Join Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service, to learn about the politics behind the global hunger crisis. Speaking from her own experiences in the developing world and on Capitol Hill, Ruth will propose how we can influence our government to address the root causes of hunger and poverty and put an end to the world's growing hunger problem from the ground up. Sharing the words of dedicated volunteers, students, community leaders and skilled professionals, Ruth will tell of the enormous transformative impact we can make as global citizens working to ensure lasting social justice.


Presenters
avatar for Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the leading Jewish organization working to promote human rights and end poverty in the developing world. Ruth assumed this role in 1998, following a 20-year career in public service in New York City. As a leader in the interfaith human rights arena, she currently serves on the Obama administration’s Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy. Ruth frequently speaks... Read More →


Sunday June 9, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room
 
Monday, June 10
 

9:30am

Artists' Beit Midrash

Co-facilitated by an inspiring rabbi and a contemporary artist, this Abstract Painting workshop explores Jewish sources, encouraging you to create new visual commentaries on the ancient texts of our tradition. You will learn new painting techniques and visually interpret passages from the Tanach in a relaxed environment. Take home your finished artwork! Absolute beginners welcome. This is a double session.


Presenters
avatar for Jacqueline Ninio

Jacqueline Ninio

Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio has been a rabbi at Emanuel Synagogue since 1998. She has a passion for storytelling and an interest in liturgy and creative rituals. She wrote her rabbinic thesis about Jewish Ritual and Liturgical Responses to Jewish Communal Catastrophe and Disaster. She is a member of a medical research ethics committee.
avatar for Yaeli Ohana

Yaeli Ohana

Yaeli Ohana is an artist and arts educator. She holds a Masters in Painting from the Pratt Institute, New York, has held more than a dozen solo exhibitions and has shown throughout Australia and in New York. Her work has been included in the Blake Prize and Melbourne Art Fair. Collections include the National Museum of Natural History in Israel.


Monday June 10, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Engineering Building Room 102

9:30am

Yoga

Join us for a fun movement session to get your body warmed up for the action-packed day ahead. The first 30 minutes is suitable for both adults and children, as we explore yoga poses that you can easily learn to practise at home. The second half of the session is suitable for teens and adults, focusing on breath awareness and meditation.


Presenters
avatar for Alla Melman

Alla Melman

Alla Melman is a practising physiotherapist and yoga teacher. She regularly teaches yoga therapy classes and anatomy for yoga teachers. She has been involved in running meditation and yoga events in the Jewish Renewal community. Her Yoga teacher training was in a Hatha yoga style, with influences from Iyengar, focusing on yoga therapy and adapting to the individual's need. She is passionate about the synthesis of Western and Eastern philosophy... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Tyree Room

9:30am

Israel's new (and old) security and defence challenges and responses

Israel faces a hybrid array of security threats from state and non-state adversaries. While Israel’s defence establishment and intelligence community have so far managed to deal with conventional wars and traditional terror, they must rapidly devise effective responses to several new challenges, including new forms of terror and a highly sophisticated cyber war. In doing so, they are forced to consider, more than ever before, the diplomatic and political fall-out internationally. This session will analyse the threats facing Israel and the new strategic and tactical responses required.


Presenters
avatar for Ron Ben Yishai

Ron Ben Yishai

Ron Ben Yishai is an award-winning journalist, commentator on national and international affairs and Special Assignment Correspondent for newspaper Yedioth Aharonot and the news website Ynet. He deals extensively with Israeli and Middle Eastern regional security and international affairs. He has covered – on location – ethnic and religious conflicts in Afghanistan (1989, 2001, 2002), Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Kenya... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

9:30am

Observations of the Occupation: 2 Australian Zionists visit Hebron

A co-presentation by two Australian Zionists who will reflect on the observations they made on a recent visit to Hebron. A bustling Palestinian city of 250,000 people, Hebron is the only West Bank city with a centre excised by an enclave of 500 Israeli settlers. Hebron’s Cave of Machpelah is known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque and to Christians as Tomb of the Patriarchs. Around Machpelah, previously busy markets are now a ghost town of divided streets, barriers and no-go zones for Palestinians – officially for security to protect the settlers. Is Hebron a microcosm of the occupation and a barrier to the two-state solution and peace?

 


Presenters
avatar for Karen Loblay

Karen Loblay

Karen Loblay qualified as an architect and practised for 10 years before joining her family's property investment business in 1985. In 2003 Karen founded Matana Foundation for Young People, with the objective of addressing the causes of youth disadvantage. She is currently on the boards of the New Israel Fund Australia and the Rotary Club of Sydney and she is a member of the Australian Jewish Funders Network, Philanthropy Australia, the New South... Read More →
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Irving Wallach

Irving Wallach is a Sydney barrister with twenty years' experience, specialising in criminal law, occupational health and safety, anti-discrimination and mental health law. A committed Zionist, Irving is a board member of the New Israel Fund Australia Foundation. He is active in the Jewish community, having been a board member at Mount Sinai College and Moriah College; Honorary Secretary and an executive member of the NSW Jewish Board of... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Alumni Room

9:30am

Chavruta 2: Work
Chavruta (learning in pairs) is one of Limmud’s great traditions. Delve into traditional and contemporary texts to discuss, debate and take part in the great dialogue of the Jewish people. This year the theme is Money. Today we look at work. Is it a blessing or a curse? What are the duties of employers and employees? Why earn rather than learn?

Presenters
avatar for Nomi Blum

Nomi Blum

Nomi Blum is an eternal student who dabbles in a variety of community affairs and spends countless hours scrutinising all the madness and greatness of the Jewish world at large.
avatar for Gary Robuck

Gary Robuck

Gary Robuck is a rabbi/educator at the North Shore Temple Emanuel. A talented pianist and singer, "The Rockin Rabbi" has appeared in countless productions including his own, 'Harry, The Life and Music of an American Music Legend'. Gary was recently profiled on Radio National in a segment - focused on clergy in Australia - called 'Holy Hobbies'. He also operates 'Pops!', a family tzedakah initiative providing popcorn and smiles to area children... Read More →
avatar for Tommy Sterling

Tommy Sterling

Tommy Sterling is as humble as Moses. He is a highly entertaining speaker who attended four Limmuds last year, including Limmud UK. Tommy loves to ask questions and explore the origin of all things Jewish. His passions span the traditional to the academic and include the Talmud, the Documentary Hypothesis and the evolution of Rabbinic Judaism. Tommy was involve in the programing committy of Limmud-Oz 2013


Monday June 10, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Farrell Room

9:30am

History, memory and the meaning of things
The Hebrew word for memory, zakhor, is mentioned in the Bible over 150 times. Again and again we are impelled to remember – to seek connections with our past in order to construct our identities and give meaning to life in the present. In this session, we will consider the potential of objects – historical artefacts, artworks and the everyday things we surround ourselves with – to evoke, connect us with and even reinvent Jewish memory.

Presenters
avatar for Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz is the Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia in Melbourne. She has previously worked in exhibition-related roles at major state institutions and she is an experienced Jewish educator. Rebecca holds Masters Degrees in Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies as well as a Diploma of Education.


Monday June 10, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Gallery 2

9:30am

The wicked son - confessions of a self-hating Jew

Isaac Deutscher, historian and Hassidic rabbi, was immersed in the Talmud and Torah. His classic essay, ‘The Non-Jewish Jew’, notes the paradox that Jewish heretics belong to a characteristically Jewish tradition. Foremost was the great ethical philosopher Spinoza, considered wicked and excommunicated from the 17th-century Jewish community. More recently, Arendt, too, was accused of lacking ahavat Israel - love for the Jewish people - as a consequence of her universal stance on questions of justice.


Moderators
avatar for Michala Lander - Co-Chair

Michala Lander - Co-Chair

By day, Michala is a consultant who specialises in community engagement and social sustainability, by night she becomes a Limmud Junkie.  In her dual roles of chair of Limmud Sydney and co-Chair of Limmud-Oz 2013, Michala lives and breathes the principles of Limmud.  She hopes that this year's event not only takes you one step further on your Jewish Journey but also helps connect the various facets of the Sydney Jewish community. 

Presenters
avatar for Peter Slezak

Peter Slezak

Dr Peter Slezak is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. He co-founded Independent Australian Jewish Voices (IAJV) and is Executive Member of Australian Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN). He appears regularly in the media and created a public Re-Trial of Galileo, broadcast by the ABC Compass program (2010).


Monday June 10, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Ronald Room

9:30am

Becoming Australian - three generations

Australian Jewish communities are, in large part, a product of post-War immigration. The expectation of governments was that Jews, along with other immigrants, would assimilate, with loss of language, values and outlook. But this did not happen as anticipated. This discussion will consider the nature of Jewish integration over three generations – and likely changes in Jewish life over the next decades.


Presenters
avatar for Andrew Markus

Andrew Markus

Andrew Markus is a research professor in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University. He is the lead researcher on the Australian Jewish population and Yiddish Melbourne projects. He has published extensively on Australian race relations and immigration history. 


Monday June 10, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Engineering Building Room G1

9:30am

We are all believers now: Religion and democracy

The secular movement gleefully counts up the increasing numbers of 'No Religion' responses in the Census, looking forward to religion's demise altogether. It holds that democracy is essentially secular and will eventually erode religion's role in society. But what does the research into the 'No Religion' category tell us? And is religion contrary to democratic values?


Presenters
avatar for Rachael Kohn

Rachael Kohn

Rachael Kohn is Producer and Presenter of The Spirit of Things, ABC Radio National. She is the author of two books, The New Believers (2004) and Curious Obsessions (2007), and of many articles and chapters, including 'Telling Tales of Women' in Priests, Prophets and Heretics (2012). Rachael is a regular writer for the Radio National website.


Monday June 10, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Gonski Room

9:30am

Why are American Jews mostly Liberals? Will that change in the future?

Historically American Jews have been leaders in liberal and labour-related causes, voting heavily for Democratic candidates. Conservative Jewish individuals and organizations have challenged this reality, suggesting that Jews were acting and voting against their economic and communal interest. Most recently, both presidential and congressional elections have thrust Israel into the centre of this question as well.


Presenters
avatar for Kenneth Bob

Kenneth Bob

Kenneth Bob is President of Ameinu, the North American Labour Zionist organization. He is Board Chair of the American Zionist Movement and a member of both the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors and the World Zionist Organization Executive. Professionally, Ken is an experienced high tech entrepreneur and currently serves as President of RenewTricity, a solar energy development company. Kenneth Bob is a guest of Ameinu Australia.


Monday June 10, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Scientia Building Gallery 1

10:45am

Artists' Beit Midrash (continued)

Co-facilitated by an inspiring rabbi and a contemporary artist, this Abstract Painting workshop explores Jewish sources, encouraging you to create new visual commentaries on the ancient texts of our tradition. You will learn new painting techniques and visually interpret passages from the Tanach in a relaxed environment. Take home your finished artwork! Absolute beginners welcome. This is a double session.


Presenters
avatar for Jacqueline Ninio

Jacqueline Ninio

Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio has been a rabbi at Emanuel Synagogue since 1998. She has a passion for storytelling and an interest in liturgy and creative rituals. She wrote her rabbinic thesis about Jewish Ritual and Liturgical Responses to Jewish Communal Catastrophe and Disaster. She is a member of a medical research ethics committee.
avatar for Yaeli Ohana

Yaeli Ohana

Yaeli Ohana is an artist and arts educator. She holds a Masters in Painting from the Pratt Institute, New York, has held more than a dozen solo exhibitions and has shown throughout Australia and in New York. Her work has been included in the Blake Prize and Melbourne Art Fair. Collections include the National Museum of Natural History in Israel.


Monday June 10, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Engineering Building Room 102

10:45am

Stories of ghosts - G-d is in the detail

Join Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier as they discuss and perform songs from their latest album Stories of Ghosts - an unbeliever’s examination of biblical themes from a Jewish perspective. The session, hosted by Gary Holzman, will explore the inspiration, common themes and connections between the songs on the album and those of such acclaimed Jewish songwriters as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg. These artists will be highlighted in a multimedia presentation and the session will conclude with a thought-provoking Q&A.


Presenters
avatar for Deborah Conway

Deborah Conway

Deborah Conway is a significant and eloquent contributor to Australian music, singing songs that chronicle the essential elements of life, from the mundane to the spiritual. Her powerful voice and presence have fascinated audiences for the past 30 years. A rare female agitator in a time when the music industry was male dominated, Conway continues to be a role model for young women and a mentor to emerging artists. Conway is also the producer of a... Read More →
avatar for Gary Holzman

Gary Holzman

Gary Holzman has a passion for music and an encyclopaedic knowledge of Jewish musicians. For the past eight years he has run a course entitled 'The Jewish School of Rock', which he has presented at the Shalom Institute, North Shore Temple Emanuel and to various other Jewish organisations. In addition he is the founder and President of Shir Madness – Sydney Jewish Music Festival. In his spare time he manages to eke out a living as an... Read More →
avatar for Willy Zygier

Willy Zygier

Willy Zygier is a seductive, thought-provoking composer whose work is rich, rhythmic and distinctive. As well as composer his musical career encompasses roles as musician, arranger, producer and programmer. Willy is the primary collaborator with Deborah Conway. Together they have composed and recorded nine albums and co-devised and produced the ground-breaking series of concerts called 'Broad'. This body of work forms a significant... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Tyree Room

10:45am

Settlements: obstacles or necessary to peace?

Before 1967 – no peace and the 3 big no’s from the Arab world – no peace, no recognition, no negotiation. Post settlements there have been two peace treaties with Jordan and Egypt – and until 1998 there was no official allegation that the settlements were illegal or an obstacle to peace. What happened in 1998? There is a difference between sovereignty and residence: if Jews can live in New York and Sydney but not in Hebron – even under Arab rule – this is not peace but obscene racism.


Presenters
avatar for Brian Levitan

Brian Levitan

Brian Levitan is a popular presenter on Jewish subjects. He has been involved in Adult Education, including Melton, Mosaic and Limmud-Oz, and has been active on Community boards, including as President of the North Shore Synagogue and the State Zionist Council. He is a physicist and engineer by training and runs a consultancy in business improvement, with many global corporate clients.


Monday June 10, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Alumni Room

10:45am

The Palestinian citizens of Israel: How to confront the reality of a Jewish nation-state with a large Palestinian-Arab minority

This session will look at the dilemma of how the State of Israel can be both democratic and nation state of the Jewish people with a 21% Palestinian Arab minority within its borders. We will look at issues of democracy and its principles, Zionism and the Jewish nature of the State of Israel, the legal issues of equality under the law, and the challenges of confronting collective national rights of the Palestinian minority. This is guaranteed to be a lively and compelling discussion.


Presenters
avatar for Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin was the initiator and the person responsible for the secret back-channel between Israel and Hamas negotiating the release of Israeli abducted soldier Gilad Shalit. Gershon is the founder and co-chairman of the Israel/Palestine Centre for Research and Information (IPCRI), a joint Israeli - Palestinian public-policy think and “do”-tank located in Jerusalem. He served as an advisor on the Israeli - Palestinian peace... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Engineering Building Room G1

10:45am

Did G-d really speak at Sinai?

How can man ever hear the word of God? This session looks at radical Chassiduth, Rabbi Naftaly Horowitz of Ropshitz, Baruch Spinoza, Moses Mendelsohn and the first letter of the Ten Commandments. What was the thundering silence at Sinai?


Presenters
avatar for Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Nathan Lopes Cardozo is a prominent lecturer, thinker and author who is world renowned for his original insights into Judaism and his ability to communicate the relevance of Jewish values and practice in today’s complicated world. A native of the Spanish-Portuguese Jewish community of Holland, Rabbi Lopes Cardozo received ordination from the Gateshead Talmudic College and studied in Israel at the Institute for Higher Rabbinical Studies of... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Gallery 1

10:45am

Jewish feminism - the 'revolutionary' journey from the margins to the mainstream

Jewish Orthodox feminism as a 'revolutionary movement' has pushed the envelope of tradition and consequently has often been active 'at the margins'. This session will explore the journey that feminist thinking and practice has made over the last century from the margins to the mainstream of Orthodoxy.


Presenters
avatar for Shelley Einfeld

Shelley Einfeld

Shelley Einfeld is a lawyer, wife, mother of two teenagers, and aspiring domestic goddess.  She is one of the founders of the Sydney Women’s Tefilah Group and a member of Or Chadash synagogue in Bondi.  Shelley is proud to identify as an Orthodox Feminist.
avatar for Judith Levitan

Judith Levitan

Judith Levitan is a solicitor and founding member of the Jewish Alliance Against Family Violence, a community organisation that educates about family violence and promotes respectful relationships. Judith has worked for a number of years in the social justice sector as a solicitor, community legal education coordinator and project manager. She studied social work and law at university and completed an honours thesis in Social Work about community... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Gonski Room

10:45am

In conversation with Deborah Lipstadt

In this session, Professor Deborah Lipstadt (award-winning author and academic whose books include History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier and The Eichmann Trial) will be in a video-linked conversation with Mark Baker (Director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Monash University). They will discuss her work on the Holocaust and Holocaust denial, her role in providing historical evidence against David Irving in court, her new book on Eichmann and what it reveals about the nature of evil, her recent visit to Rwanda and her views on Israel and Judaism.


Moderators
avatar for Mark Baker

Mark Baker

Mark Baker is Director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the School of Historical Studies, Monash University. He completed his DPhil at Oxford University and was twice a Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before moving to Monash, he was a lecturer in Jewish history at the University of Melbourne and he has taught widely in the fields of modern Jewish history... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt is an award-winning author and academic whose books include History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier and The Eichmann Trial. President Bill Clinton appointed her to the US Holocaust Memorial Council and she served as a consultant to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and to the US Congress on Holocaust denial. She has also advised Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, on matters of religious persecution... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

10:45am

Dual citizenship in a globalising world

The issue of dual citizenship is crucial in current citizenship thought and one of considerable importance in contemporary political/policy debates in Australia and internationally. This is of particular importance in the context of global migrations and is also of considerable relevance to Jewish people vis-a-vis Israel.


Presenters
avatar for Bettina Cass

Bettina Cass

Bettina Cass is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy in the Social Policy Research Centre, University of NSW. She is Chair of the Social Justice Committee of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. She does research on disability policies, aged care services and family carers, and social justice policies for adults, children and young people in disadvantaged circumstances. | Bettina Cass was on the Programing team for Limmud-Oz 2013. | |
avatar for Kim Rubenstein

Kim Rubenstein

Kim Rubenstein is Professor and Director of the Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) in the ANU College of Law; Australian National University. Kim's current research projects are at the cutting edge of the intersection between public and international law. She is the co-series editor of the Cambridge University Press series Connecting International with Public law. In 2002 she wrote Australian Citizenship Law in Context... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Gallery 2

10:45am

Jewish continuity and interfaith relationships: Are we on the right path?

We all know someone who is in an interfaith relationship but this session provides some insight into the lives of people in interfaith relationships. This is your chance to hear their stories first-hand. Our panelists will share their personal stories of intermarriage. We will focus on whether or not the current approach to Jewish continuity is effective or whether it is contributing to the problem.


Moderators
avatar for Angela Budai

Angela Budai

Angela Budai is a civil marriage celebrant who specialises in interfaith marriages. She has been a youth movement leader, Hebrew school teacher and an active member of her local synagogue. Angela has been an elected member of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies since 2009.

Presenters
avatar for James Cox

James Cox

James Cox and Keren Cox-Witton have been married since 1999. They live in Sydney and share a commitment to social justice.  James is a policy advisor with World Vision International.  
avatar for Keren Cox-Witton

Keren Cox-Witton

Keren Cox-Witton and James Cox have been married since 1999. They live in Sydney and share a commitment to social justice. Keren is the Chair of Jews for Social Action, the social justice group of North Shore Temple Emanuel. 
avatar for Stephanie Cunio

Stephanie Cunio

Stephanie Cunio has been in a relationship with Andrew Scarborough for 22 years. Stephanie is a Progressive Jew. Andrew was brought up in the Uniting Church of Australia, but is more disposed toward Buddhist philosophy. They married in a drive-in wedding in Las Vegas in 1999. Stephanie works as an Educator and Campaigner for the Public Service Association  


Monday June 10, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Ronald Room

10:45am

The UK's first pluralist Jewish secondary school

How did London's Jewish community go from over-subscription in its schools, with court battles to persuade schools to admit children, to under-subscription overnight? What is the background to the UK's first non-Orthodox Jewish high school? What opposition did it face and was its 'overnight success really 'overnight'? What was the ethos of the school and what was the process of creating a pluralist ethos from scratch? The school's founding principal explains all!


Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Stowe-Lindner

Jeremy Stowe-Lindner

Jeremy Stowe-Lindner is Bialik College’s Principal, having previously been Principal of the UK's JCoSS (Jewish Community Secondary School). Both schools are cross-communal and non-denominational. A history teacher and MBA graduate, Jeremy is passionate about cross-communal schooling as our community's future template. Jeremy has a tolerant wife and two wonderful children.


Monday June 10, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Farrell Room

12:00pm

Kosher gospel workshop

In this session, the Prince of Kosher Gospel offers insights into this musical sensation. Where did it come from and how is it done? Despite common belief, gospel music is not essentially Christian but can serve to broaden our Jewish horizons. As our liturgy says, Shiru l’Adonai Shir Chadash – Sing to G-d a new song!


Presenters
avatar for Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson is the creator and Prince of Kosher Gospel. Growing up in a Black Hebrew synagogue in the US, he was surrounded by gospel and, during his youth, became a widely celebrated gospel singer. Nelson studied in Israel for two years and, upon his return, began to apply his Jewish learning to music, beginning what has been called 'a revolution in Jewish music' by combining Jewish liturgical lyrics with one of America’s best-known... Read More →
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Chad Thorne

Chad Thorne is the brother and back-up singer of Joshua Nelson.


Monday June 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room

12:00pm

From Cairo to Jerusalem: Obama's two very different trips to the region

Obama is probably the most controversial American president in his relationship with Israel since Jimmy Carter. However, using his two major speeches in Cairo (2009) and in Jerusalem (2013) as our main focus points, we will try to unravel the shifts this relationship has gone through and discuss the reasons behind it.


Presenters
avatar for Martin Yafe

Martin Yafe

Martin Yafe was born in Argentina, lived in the US and Israel and is now living and working in Australia: Martin considers he is a good example of the wandering Jew! He has always studied and worked in areas related to the Jewish community, focusing on Jewish education, Middle East and security studies, and Jewish liturgy and music.


Monday June 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Gallery 1

12:00pm

Peace of water: The water crises in the Middle East and the next war

Why do the Arabs envy Israel? What do they actually need for a real peace? Is it something Israel will be able to share with them? No, we are not talking about territories but something much more important that no one can survive without. Learn why the next war will be about water, and what Israel is doing to prevent it!


Presenters
avatar for Shlomo BenHaiem

Shlomo BenHaiem

Shlomo BenHaiem is the JNF National Education Director and Shaliach. He holds an MA in Land of Israel Studies and Jewish History and a BADipEd in Jewish Studies. A licensed Israel guide, he has worked for the past 17 years with Keren Kayemet Leisrael (JNF) in tourism and Zionist education. Previously he worked with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI). With great passion for Israel, his aim is to strengthen the link and... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Farrell Room

12:00pm

Pro-Israel advocacy: Comparing America and Australia

American Pro-Israel advocacy is both lauded and castigated for its high profile and strength. This session will first look at the development and activity of American advocacy groups, particularly the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and J Street, and discuss what it all means for Israel, the United States and the American Jewish community. It will then consider the Australian context.


Presenters
avatar for Kenneth Bob

Kenneth Bob

Kenneth Bob is President of Ameinu, the North American Labour Zionist organization. He is Board Chair of the American Zionist Movement and a member of both the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors and the World Zionist Organization Executive. Professionally, Ken is an experienced high tech entrepreneur and currently serves as President of RenewTricity, a solar energy development company. Kenneth Bob is a guest of Ameinu Australia.
avatar for Yair Miller

Yair Miller

Yair Miller is President of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and a Vice President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. Yair is on the Executive and Board of Governors of the JCA and the Board of the Council for Jewish Communal Security. He also sits on the Board of Governors for numerous international organisations, including the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and the International School for Jewish Leadership. Yair has a BA... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Engineering Building Room 102

12:00pm

Compromise, contradiction or conviction: Does Modern Orthodoxy really exist?

'Modern Orthodoxy' is one of those labels that gets bandied about in the Jewish world but is seldom defined. Does it really exist? Ought it? Do we believe in it? Is it a lesser Orthodoxy? Occasionally congregants reprimand me, “What you’re doing isn’t Modern Orthodox!” Do they know better? Can modernity and orthodoxy really coexist? We look at the challenges and the aspirations of Orthodox Jews in a modern world.


Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Lawrence

Jeremy Lawrence

Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence is Chief Minister of The Great Synagogue, Sydney. He is a religious advisor to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies; a founder member of the NSW Jewish Arbitration and Mediation Service (JAMS); and President of the Religious Zionist Organisations of Australia. He is active in interfaith dialogue and has represented the New Zealand and Australian Jewish communities to... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Gallery 2

12:00pm

Revelatory silence, idolatrous noise: Does the still, small voice speak to us today?

We will examine how our ancient sages, as well as modern Jewish philosophers (Heschel and Buber), have understood the prophet Elijah's encounter with the kol d'mamah dakah - the 'still, small voice'. In addition, we will consider what their interpretations of this episode 'reveal' about their overall philosophy and the era in which they lived ... and what our own interpretations reveal about ours.


Presenters
avatar for Nicole Roberts

Nicole Roberts

Rabbi Nicole Roberts, Assistant Rabbi, North Shore Temple Emanuel, was ordained by Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati. She was a recipient of the Tisch Fellowship for students showing particular promise in innovative synagogue leadership, completed two units of clinical pastoral education, and wrote her rabbinic thesis on silence in the Jewish tradition.


Monday June 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Gonski Room

12:00pm

Film: Holocaust in Lithuania

Rewriting History is an inspiring documentary, set in Lithuania, about the emergence of 'double genocide' and its threat to the memory of the Holocaust in Europe and beyond - and an Australian-led campaign to counter this new form of Holocaust denial. At the time of its prime-time broadcast on SBS, The Australian reviewed the documentary 'as one of those films that is so compelling it leaves you a little breathless'. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film's co-producer and co-director Danny Ben-Moshe. Be engaged by the film and also find out how you can get involved in the campaign to stop the rewriting of history. This is a double session.


Presenters
avatar for Danny Ben-Moshe

Danny Ben-Moshe

Danny Ben-Moshe is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne, where he researches the subjects of Israel - Diaspora relations, Jewish identity and antisemitism. Danny is also a documentary filmmaker. His critically acclaimed films, exploring Jewish and general issues of culture and identity, have screened on major TV channels across the globe. Danny has worked in Jewish public policy as... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Engineering Building Room 101

12:00pm

From kippa to cossack in three generations

The CerfBerr and Ratisbonne families were among the best-known in French Jewish history. They included high-profile members of the Jewish community, controversial converts to Catholicism, and career antisemites. What drove them to make the choices they did? What was the role of family, and how did this work with the pressures of modernity? This is a story of the long nineteenth century and the ways Jews interacted with modernity.


Presenters
avatar for Julie Kalman

Julie Kalman

Julie Kalman is a Senior Lecturer in history at Monash University. She is a specialist of nineteenth-century France and her writing to date has dealt with the interplay between French and Jewish history in this period. Her most recent publications include the articles 'The Jew in the Scenery: Historicising Nineteenth-Century French Travel Literature' and 'Going Home to the Holy Land: The Jews of Jerusalem in Nineteenth-Century French... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Alumni Room

12:00pm

My speech lifts, my speech sings: Writing during the Holocaust

Paradoxically, wartime Holocaust writing is less known than its post-War complement. But wartime writing in all genres offers, in an unparalleled manner, the privilege of vicariously viewing the unfolding of events and the groping attempt to respond to them.


Presenters
avatar for Alan Rosen

Alan Rosen

Avraham (Alan) Rosen PhD is the author or editor of ten books, most recently The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder (author) and Approaches to Teaching Wiesel’s Night (editor). Two edited collections are due out in the coming year: Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives and Literature of the Holocaust. He was a research fellow of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

12:00pm

The life and trial of Eugenia Falleni - the woman who lived for 22 years as a man

Mark Tedeschi will be speaking about his true-crime book Eugenia. Eugenia lived for 22 years as a working-class man in Sydney, and during that time was legally married twice. In 1920, she went to trial in the Supreme Court charged with the murder of her first wife. Her trial attracted the attention of the whole nation. Mark will describe Eugenia's life, both before and after her trial, and explain why he believes her trial resulted in a miscarriage of justice.


Presenters
avatar for Mark Tedeschi

Mark Tedeschi

Mark Tedeschi AM QC is the Senior Crown Prosecutor for New South Wales. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Art School in Sydney. Mark is also an avid photographer whose works are included in many galleries and private collections. Mark has written numerous articles on legal topics, but his most exciting project is the recent publication of his true crime book Eugenia.


Monday June 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Engineering Building Room G1

12:00pm

Deep ecology & conservation of nature

Deep Ecology is a philosophy of nature which sees that underlying the environmental crisis there is a psychological or spiritual disease stemming from the illusion of separation between humans and the rest of the natural world. Arne Naess, Professor of Philosophy from Oslo University, Norway, pointed out that our "ecological ideas are not enough to protect the Earth, we need ecological identity, ecological self". With a presentation which includes music and poetry, John Seed shows us how to nourish our ecological identity and align ourselves with Earth.


Presenters
avatar for John  Seed

John Seed

John Seed is founder of the Rainforest Information Centre www.rainforestinfo.org.au. Since 1979 he has participated in direct actions and campaigns resulting in the protection of rainforests around the world. He has written and lectured extensively on deep ecology, has conducted experiential deep ecology workshops worldwide for 25 years and he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to conservation.  www.johnseed.net


Monday June 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Scientia Building Ronald Room

1:15pm

Allan Sherman singalong
'Sir Greenbaum's Madrigal', 'The Ballad of Harry Lewis', 'Don't Buy the Liverwurst' --- Come to this singalong of the great songs of 1960s parodist, Allan Sherman. Maybe we'll even throw some Tom Lehrer into the mix.

Presenters
avatar for Gerry Myerson

Gerry Myerson

Gerry Myerson is a mild-mannered university lecturer during the week but becomes a mild-mannered folksinger on the weekend. He has sung onstage at the National Folk Festival, the Loaded Dog Folk Club and, on Purim, at North Shore Temple Emanuel.


Monday June 10, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Farrell Room

1:15pm

How do we talk about Israel?

Israel is a unifying force in our community but also a big bone of contention. How our community talks about Israel – amongst ourselves and to the Australian public – continues to divide opinion and stir passion. Furthermore, we seem to talk incessantly about Israel. Is our fascination with Israel justified? And are we talking about the right things?


Moderators
avatar for Michael Misrachi

Michael Misrachi

Michael Misrachi is the Education Director of The Shalom Institute, responsible for Limmud-Oz, the Sydney Jewish Writers' Festival and the wide array of other educational and cultural programs offered. He was active in the community as a student - in interfaith dialogue and the Hineni youth movement - and worked in corporate HR for several years before becoming a communal professional. Michael is a member of the ROI community.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Baker

Mark Baker

Mark Baker is Director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the School of Historical Studies, Monash University. He completed his DPhil at Oxford University and was twice a Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before moving to Monash, he was a lecturer in Jewish history at the University of Melbourne and he has taught widely in the fields of modern Jewish history... Read More →
avatar for Lynda Ben-Menashe

Lynda Ben-Menashe

Lynda Ben-Menashe BA Dip Ed M Ed was Education Manager of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies from 2007 to 2011 and since then has been its NGO Relations Manager. Lynda conceived the JBD’s flagship 'Talking About Israel' course, with almost 700 graduates. She has three children, aged 13, 15 and 18.
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Philip Chester

Philip Chester is President of the Zionist Federation of Australia (since 2006), President of the Zionist Council of Victoria, 1998-2002, and a member of the Zionist General Council, World Zionist Organisation. Philip is Chairman of the Credentials Committee, Jewish Agency for Israel. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in recognition of his service to the Jewish community  
avatar for Manny Waks

Manny Waks

Manny Waks is Founder and CEO of Tzedek, Founder and President of the Capital Jewish Forum and Director of the Online Hate Prevention Institute. He is a former Executive Officer of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission, Past President of the Canberra Jewish Community, Past Vice President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and a Past Governor of the NSW Jewish Communal Appeal Board of Governors. Manny grew up in... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

1:15pm

The Kotel – symbol of unity or division?

This session will provide a review of the debate surrounding the Western Wall through the work of Women of the Wall and their supporters. Who is involved? Who isn't? And how can we make the Kotel a truly inclusive place of Jewish gathering?


Presenters
avatar for Gilad Kariv

Gilad Kariv

Gilad Kariv is Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and has been a leader and advocate on behalf of liberal Judaism in Israel since 1998. He has advanced legal and social activism on behalf of religious pluralism and social justice in Israeli society in diverse capacities. He is a board member of the Jewish Agency's Joint Institute for Jewish Studies and Hemdat: The Israel Association for the Promotion of Freedom of... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Engineering Building Room G1

1:15pm

Is religion killing Judaism ?

This session examines some of the negative stereotypes that people have about religion and how Judaism suffers by association. The issues addressed include today's preference for spirituality over religion, the sentiment that religion is a 'crutch for those who need it' and the contention that religions divide people, thereby causing strife in the world.


Presenters
avatar for Eli Cohen

Eli Cohen

Rabbi Eli Cohen is the Director of Jews for Judaism Australia, as well as a consultant to Jews for Judaism International. He studied at rabbinical colleges around the world, including the Rabbinical College of America and the Rabbinical College of Canada. He is also the Rabbi of the Newtown Synagogue in Sydney.


Monday June 10, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Gonski Room

1:15pm

Journey of the soul - Kabbalah meditation

"A journey of the soul" is one way of understanding the relevance of Torah to modern daily life. Join a guided meditation based on a Kabbalistic approach to the parsha. We can connect with ways to heal and grow, and open ourselves to inner peace and clarity. Whether you know a lot, a little or nothing about meditation, Torah or Kabbalah, you are welcome in this session.


Presenters
avatar for Sue Beecher

Sue Beecher

Sue Beecher teaches Kabbalah meditation in Sydney and Melbourne. Lecturer, psychologist and social worker, Sue focuses on meditation, personal development, spiritual counselling and stress management. Her passions include helping people to connect more deeply with themselves and assisting discovery of how to live more authentically and consciously. She enjoys discovering the spiritual side of Judaism, and applying it, in daily life. | Sue beecher... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Engineering Building Room 102

1:15pm

Film: Holocaust in Lithuania (continued)

Rewriting History is an inspiring documentary set in Lithuania about the emergence of 'double genocide' and its threat to the memory of the Holocaust in Europe and beyond - and an Australian-led campaign to counter this new form of Holocaust denial. At the time of its prime-time broadcast on SBS, The Australian reviewed the documentary 'as one of those films that is so compelling it leaves you a little breathless'.  The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film's co-producer and co-director Danny Ben-Moshe.  Be engaged by the film and also find out how you can get involved in the campaign to stop the rewriting of history.
This is a double session.


Presenters
avatar for Danny Ben-Moshe

Danny Ben-Moshe

Danny Ben-Moshe is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne, where he researches the subjects of Israel - Diaspora relations, Jewish identity and antisemitism. Danny is also a documentary filmmaker. His critically acclaimed films, exploring Jewish and general issues of culture and identity, have screened on major TV channels across the globe. Danny has worked in Jewish public policy as... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Engineering Building Room 101

1:15pm

The power of witnessing relational trauma: Recent advances in Holocaust trauma

Recent advances in research in psychological trauma, including contributions from the large Holocaust generational trauma literature, are changing both our understanding of and how we think about the generational impact of the Holocaust. This session will provide an overview of this exciting and rapidly advancing field and will examine the practical implications for care of the elderly survivor by their next of kin.


Presenters
avatar for George Halasz

George Halasz

George Halasz is an adjunct senior lecturer at Monash University and participant in Adult March of the Living (2005). He has written on transmission of Holocaust trauma between the generations, most recently in the book The Power of Witnessing (2012) and Kavod e-journal on relational trauma http://kavod.claimscon.org/ (2013).


Monday June 10, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Alumni Room

1:15pm

Getting our children to do as they are told

Diane Levy believes that a well-behaved child is a pleasure to be with. If we can just get them to behave, we are freed up to enjoy their company. With highly practical, what-to-do strategies, Diane show us how to get our children to do as they are told. She tackles the difficult topics of hitting, biting, snatching, swearing and sorting out sibling scraps. This is part of Diane's 'Temperament, Tips and Tachlis' series.


Presenters
avatar for Diane Levy

Diane Levy

Diane Levy is a household name in New Zealand, known as the person you turn to when you are having trouble managing children or the childish people in your life. She is a counselor, family therapist, speaker and author. Diane's publications include Of course I love you…NOW GO TO YOUR ROOM!, which was on the Booksellers’ Bestseller List for 2004; They look so lovely when they’re asleep; and Time Out... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Ronald Room

1:15pm

Give me the numbers or tell me the story: Interrogating the impact of Jewish day schools

The Gen08 survey of the Jewish community was completed by almost 6000 people in Australia. The project also conducted a number of focus groups, including more than ten discussions with young adults. This session will consider findings of positive and negative impacts of Jewish day school education, with a focus on differences in understanding provided by quantitative (survey) and qualitative (focus group) research methods.


Presenters
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Melanie Landau

Melanie Landau is a researcher in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation. She is author of Tradition and Equality in Jewish Law: Beyond the Sanctification of Subordination (2012). Melanie will appear via pre-recorded video.
avatar for Andrew Markus

Andrew Markus

Andrew Markus is a research professor in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University. He is the lead researcher on the Australian Jewish population and Yiddish Melbourne projects. He has published extensively on Australian race relations and immigration history. 


Monday June 10, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Gallery 2

1:15pm

Justice, justice you shall pursue

This line from Deuteronomy in the Torah speaks to the centrality of justice in Jewish life. Jewish tradition is concerned about how we treat the weakest in our midst and the concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) is one of the most universal and compelling values in Judaism. Hear from three leading activists in the field of social justice in Israel, the US, and Australia and around the world about where and how the Jewish goal to better the world is needed more than ever. 


Moderators
avatar for Steve Denenberg

Steve Denenberg

Steve Denenberg is an English-born, Israel-trained social worker who has been a proud Australian since he moved to Sydney with his wife and two daughters in 1986. He was CEO of Jewish Care (NSW) for 17 years and head of the federal Jewish welfare organisation. He later joined Emanuel Synagogue as CEO before taking on his current role, Executive Director of the Union for Progressive Judaism. He has also worked as a volunteer for numerous... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Mickey Gitzin

Mickey Gitzin

Mickey Gitzin is the Executive Director of Israel Hofshit ('Be Free Israel'), a grassroots organization that aims to influence public opinion and policy making on the issues of religion and state in Israel. Previously Mickey was the spokesperson of MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz). He was also a Project Director at European Friends of Israel and worked as the Associate Director of 'Festival Beshekel', which works to develop avenues for cultural and... Read More →
avatar for Janet Granek

Janet Granek

Janet Granek is the Sydney Education Coordinator of Jewish Aid Australia and mum of two precious little girls. She has worked with the Jewish community in Sydney since 2004, mainly developing youth, young adult and family programs at North Shore Temple Emanuel. At Jewish Aid Australia, she is excited to provide the Jewish community opportunities to connect to their Judaism through social justice work. 
avatar for Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the leading Jewish organization working to promote human rights and end poverty in the developing world. Ruth assumed this role in 1998, following a 20-year career in public service in New York City. As a leader in the interfaith human rights arena, she currently serves on the Obama administration’s Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy. Ruth frequently speaks... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Scientia Building Gallery 1

2:30pm

CURTAIN UP! – The Jewish influence on musicals in theatre and film

Join Shirley Politzer on keyboard and Maxine Appel-Cohen as they take you on a rollercoaster journey through 20th- and 21st-century musicals, discovering the Jewish genius and talent that created memorable music and entertainment as composers, lyricists, directors, producers, filmmakers and performers - from Broadway to the West End, from Gershwin to Bernstein and beyond. You'll learn about intriguing aspects of these artists and their works that have delighted millions.


Presenters
avatar for Maxine Appel-Cohen

Maxine Appel-Cohen

Maxine Appel-Cohen, together with Di Kuchar, wrote and performed their hit show Chocolate, Change & a Skim Flat White - a quasi musical in the key of OY FLAT! at Limmud-Oz 2011. Since then, they've performed in Melbourne and Perth, raising $35 000 for Jewish causes. Maxine's plays were produced in South Africa, where she was named the most promising new playwright. Maxine won the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award. She has performed at... Read More →
avatar for Shirley Politzer

Shirley Politzer

Shirley Politzer was a classroom music teacher, mostly in high schools and pre-schools, for 30 years. She has a Diploma in Music Education and has performed for the Waverley Philharmonic Orchestra, many Musical Society shows and the Sydney Jewish Choral Society. In 2010 Shirley was honoured with an OAM for her contribution to Scouting, for her long-term fundraising for JNF and for her volunteer work in music, which includes the concerts she... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room

2:30pm

Foreign policy and crisis management of Iran and the Palestinians

Despite a renewed push for Middle East peace by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, the Palestinian track holds little promise and the threat of Iran continues to loom large. Not even six months since Israel’s last hot conflict with Gaza, rockets are being fired again, and the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank is in disarray and refuses to return to the negotiating table. Iran’s regional influence and proxy war against Israel, through Hezbollah in particular, is heating up, while the Obama Administration reiterates its commitment to Israel’s security.  Are we on the brink of a breakthrough? a major war? or a new era of containment?


Presenters
avatar for Ron Ben Yishai

Ron Ben Yishai

Ron Ben Yishai is an award-winning journalist, commentator on national and international affairs and Special Assignment Correspondent for newspaper Yedioth Aharonot and the news website Ynet. He deals extensively with Israeli and Middle Eastern regional security and international affairs. He has covered – on location – ethnic and religious conflicts in Afghanistan (1989, 2001, 2002), Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Kenya... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

2:30pm

Israel and Australian Jewry - an unequal partnership?

Shahar will introduce his new book, Appeals, Aliyah and the Construction of a pro-Israeli Diasporic Identity (Hebrew, 2013), and examine the traditional political goals of Israel in the diaspora - including Aliyah, donation (financial aid), help in PR (Hasbara) and political pressure on host countries. Despite the demands, the diaspora is denied, by officials and policies, any significant influence in Israel. In the session we will examine the nature of the relationship with Australian Jewry, the anticipated political goals and the Israeli narratives to the diaspora.


Presenters
avatar for Shahar Burla

Shahar Burla

Dr Shahar Burla holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the Hebrew University and a PhD in Political Science from Bar-Ilan University. His book, Appeals, Aliyah and the Construction of a pro-Israeli Diasporic Identity (in Hebrew), was published in May 2013. He currently lives in Sydney and is a researcher and a tutor at the University of New South Wales and other academic institutions.  


Monday June 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Engineering Building Room G1

2:30pm

Unsettling questions about the settlements

The standard hasbara message in our community about the settlements and the settlement enterprise is essentially that everyone knows already, on both sides, what will happen to them if and when a final deal is negotiated and that they are not in any way an obstacle to peace. But the standard message is misleading. The settlements do in fact raise unsettling questions and challenges that need to be acknowledged and addressed by serious friends of Israel. This session will discuss some of these critical questions and challenges.


Moderators
avatar for Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones AM, Director of International and Community Affairs, AIJAC; Life Member and past President ECAJ; international pioneer and leader in interfaith dialogue, respected international authority on antisemitism; Winner 2007 Australian Human Rights Medal; People of Australia Ambassador 2012, 2013; researcher, writer, public speaker, organiser.

Presenters
avatar for Kenneth Bob

Kenneth Bob

Kenneth Bob is President of Ameinu, the North American Labour Zionist organization. He is Board Chair of the American Zionist Movement and a member of both the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors and the World Zionist Organization Executive. Professionally, Ken is an experienced high tech entrepreneur and currently serves as President of RenewTricity, a solar energy development company. Kenneth Bob is a guest of Ameinu Australia.
avatar for Robin Margo

Robin Margo

Robin Margo was a student leader and anti-apartheid activist in South Africa and a Rhodes Scholar. Denied a passport for many years, he was eventually allowed to leave South Africa to accept a lectureship at the University of Queensland. A barrister and mediator, he is immediate past President of the Board of Deputies and President of New Israel Fund Australia.


Monday June 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Gallery 2

2:30pm

Unlocking the secrets of the Torah

The Torah is the most influential book of all times and the central text of Jewish life and yet its true meaning and its depths evade detection by all but the most devoted students. Learn some of the methods that enable one to unlock the text and uncover the secret messages that the Torah holds for all of us.


Presenters
avatar for Danny Eisenberg

Danny Eisenberg

Rabbi Eisenberg heads the Sydney Torah Mitzion Kollel, coordinating numerous Jewish educational initiatives in Sydney. He is also a rabbi and lecturer at the Jewish Learning Centre.


Monday June 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Alumni Room

2:30pm

Moses and monotheism - a Jewish Freudian slip

“To deny a people the man whom it praises as the greatest of its sons is not a deed to be undertaken lightheartedly ... especially by one belonging to that people” - Sigmund Freud, Moses and Monotheism. In his final book, Freud argues that Moses was an Egyptian monotheist nobleman who led only his close followers into freedom. Once in the wilderness, they murdered him before merging with another monotheistic tribe to become the Israelites. After examining some of Freud’s ideas, we will attempt to answer various questions, including some from the audience. For example: Does it matter whether our stories are true or not? Does the delegitimisation of Moses delegitimise Judaism itself?


Presenters
avatar for Daniel Barnett

Daniel Barnett

Daniel Barnett holds a BSocSci and LLB from the University of Cape Town, is an Advocate of the High Court and works in the metals business in Johannesburg. He was Rosh Machaneh of Habonim Dror and has spent many years navigating Jewish politics. He serves as Co-Chair of Limmud Johannesburg and has presented at Limmud Conferences in the United Kingdom and throughout South Africa. Since 2010, Daniel has been actively involved in South Africa... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Engineering Building Room 102

2:30pm

My Mother's Spice Cupboard - A Journey from Baghdad to Bombay to Bondi

"If you don't speak Yiddish, what kind of a Jew are you?" This was the question asked of Elana Benjamin's mother soon after emigrating from her native India. This session draws on material from Elana's memoir/history about the Baghdadi Jews of Bombay - My Mother's Spice Cupboard (2012) - with the aim of raising awareness and generating discussion about the experiences of Iraqi-Sephardi Jewry.


Presenters
avatar for Elana Benjamin

Elana Benjamin

Elana Benjamin was born in Sydney in 1974. She holds an Arts/Law degree (History major) from the University of New South Wales. Elana lives in Sydney with her husband and two children. My Mother's Spice Cupboard is her first book.


Monday June 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Farrell Room

2:30pm

Voices of the Holocaust: Why Survivors Choose to Talk

Olga Horak and David Benedikt are Holocaust Survivors who have been telling their story for over twenty years. In this session we will discuss with Olga and David how they came to tell their stories and why they feel compelled to talk about what they endured during World War II.


Moderators
avatar for Ari Lander

Ari Lander

Ari Lander is an Education Officer at the Sydney Jewish Museum. He completed a doctorate in Jewish history at the University of New South Wales. | Ari Lander was on the Programming team for Limmud-Oz 2013. 

Presenters
avatar for David Benedikt

David Benedikt

David Benedikt was born in Czechoslovakia. Forced to endure three and a half years in two ghettos and three concentration camps, David has been telling his story at the Jewish Museum for over twenty years. At the age of ninety he published his memoir To Live Is to Tell: Surviving the Shoah (2010).
avatar for Olga Horak

Olga Horak

Olga Horak is a founding member of the Sydney Jewish Museum. Olga was 17 when German troops marched into Slovakia in 1944. A survivor of Auschwitz and Trachenberg, Olga has been telling her story for over twenty years. She published her memoir, Auschwitz to Australia: A Holocaust Survivor's Memoir, in 2000.


Monday June 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Gallery 1

2:30pm

Jewed Out

Are the youth of today apathetic towards Judaism? Do they try and get away from the community the first opportunity they get? This session will explore the way youth grapple with their Jewish identity and whether or not they are engaged by what the community is offering. The session will include discussion of an extensive survey I conducted with young members of the Jewish community, which produced some surprising answers. 


Presenters
avatar for Avia Madar

Avia Madar

Avia is currently a university student and the head of education at Habonim Dror (youth movement). She is interested in the perspective of the youth in the Jewish community.


Monday June 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Gonski Room

2:30pm

The ethics of money OR: What in the world was Bernie Madoff thinking?

The dark stage musical Cabaret declares, as only Liza and Joel Gray can, that “Money Makes the World Go 'Round”. A provocative thought and a catchy song, but is it true? Because all of us are obliged to manage our money, it is important that we consider its value and responsible use. Join Rabbi Robuck as we together examine the Jewish perspective on money and tackle ethical questions like: Are all ways of making money equally legitimate (what would you do for a buck?)? What balance, if any, is necessary between giving, saving and spending our money?


Presenters
avatar for Gary Robuck

Gary Robuck

Gary Robuck is a rabbi/educator at the North Shore Temple Emanuel. A talented pianist and singer, "The Rockin Rabbi" has appeared in countless productions including his own, 'Harry, The Life and Music of an American Music Legend'. Gary was recently profiled on Radio National in a segment - focused on clergy in Australia - called 'Holy Hobbies'. He also operates 'Pops!', a family tzedakah initiative providing popcorn and smiles to area children... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Engineering Building Room 101

2:30pm

YiddishPOP - a brand-new animated Yiddish language program

YiddishPOP is a lively, interactive program on the Internet that teaches Yiddish to speakers of other languages. Its lessons are built around animated movies and supporting features that introduce and reinforce vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, reading comprehension and writing skills through playful activities. New concepts are couched in everyday situations, adding context for learners and helping them master idiomatic and cultural nuances. This session will introduce YiddishPOP, including a demonstration of its movies and features.


Presenters
avatar for Beatrice Caplan

Beatrice Caplan

Beatrice (Brukhe) Lang Caplan holds a PhD in Yiddish Studies from Columbia University and has taught Yiddish Language and Culture in many places, including The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Harvard University and the Uriel Weinreich Program at the YIVO Institute in New York. She currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and is a writer for the new animated Yiddish language program YiddishPOP. Her visit to Australia... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Ronald Room

3:45pm

The topic of the session = You

Be guided through a variety of creative avenues to look into and explore the topic that is ‘You’ - and leave with your own piece of artwork. It can be increasingly challenging in today’s world to make the time and find the space for ongoing and meaningful reflection and exploration regarding who and where you are right now. Allow us to offer you a brief moment to put ‘You’ under the microscope. This is an interactive workshop and double session.


Presenters
avatar for Amy Goldman

Amy Goldman

Amy Goldman has a strong background in the visual arts and has worked as a freelance innovation educator, personal development facilitator, art teacher and art therapist over the past 13 years. She has designed, coordinated and run a diverse range of creative programs in Australia and overseas for galleries, museums, theatres, community organisations and educational institutions.


Monday June 10, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Alumni Room

3:45pm

Yiddish cabaret in Israel, Yinglish comedy in America, and the language(s) of Jewish humour

This presentation will consider some of the popular Yiddish cabaret recordings made in Israel during the 1960s by Shimon Dzigan (1905-1980), as well as the American comedy recordings of Mickey Katz (1909-1985), to consider the role of Yiddish in creating a discourse for modern Jewish comedy. In the post-War era, Yiddish by no means disappears from Jewish popular culture, but it is transformed from a lingua franca into a language that signifies the disruption and miscommunication between Jews in an era that demands the use of a national language. Prior knowledge of Yiddish is helpful but not required; glossaries and translations available for participants.


Presenters
avatar for Marc Caplan

Marc Caplan

Marc Caplan is the Zelda and Myer Tandetnik Professor of Yiddish Literature, Language, and Culture at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland (USA). In addition to his book, How Strange the Change: Language, Temporality, and Narrative Form in Peripheral Modernism (2011), he is the author of several articles as well as a lecturer on topics concerning modern Yiddish literature and contemporary Jewish culture. Beyond his scholarly... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Gallery 1

3:45pm

How Zionist really is our community?
Australia is recognised as one of the most Zionist communities in the world. We will examine what has changed in our Zionist engagement and activism over the past 20 years or so, as well as the trends for the future, both promising and worrying.

Presenters
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Philip Chester

Philip Chester is President of the Zionist Federation of Australia (since 2006), President of the Zionist Council of Victoria, 1998-2002, and a member of the Zionist General Council, World Zionist Organisation. Philip is Chairman of the Credentials Committee, Jewish Agency for Israel. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in recognition of his service to the Jewish community  


Monday June 10, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Engineering Building Room G1

3:45pm

The people, wanting everything, have so far got nothing
"Ha'am doresh tzedek chevrati - The people demand social justice" was the catchcry of 2011's social justice protest movement. The tent protests galvanised the entire Jewish world, but what's been achieved in the two years since? Mickey Gitzin discusses one of the key issues following the protest movement - the separation of religion and state, and the end of the Ultra-Orthodox rabbinate monopoly - and the successes and ongoing challenges.

Presenters
avatar for Mickey Gitzin

Mickey Gitzin

Mickey Gitzin is the Executive Director of Israel Hofshit ('Be Free Israel'), a grassroots organization that aims to influence public opinion and policy making on the issues of religion and state in Israel. Previously Mickey was the spokesperson of MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz). He was also a Project Director at European Friends of Israel and worked as the Associate Director of 'Festival Beshekel', which works to develop avenues for cultural and... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

3:45pm

What do Jews believe?

Are there essential doctrines or beliefs in Judaism? In this talk, Mark Baker will reflect on the unique features of Jewish theology and how its themes of iconoclasm, exile, return and covenant have reverberated in both traditional and modern contexts. The talk will focus on Jewish texts from the rabbinic and the contemporary Jewish canon that capture the archetypal Jewish posture of argument and dissent.


Presenters
avatar for Mark Baker

Mark Baker

Mark Baker is Director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the School of Historical Studies, Monash University. He completed his DPhil at Oxford University and was twice a Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before moving to Monash, he was a lecturer in Jewish history at the University of Melbourne and he has taught widely in the fields of modern Jewish history... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Gallery 2

3:45pm

Finding lost victims of the Holocaust
I have recently discovered information about 29 Jewish men who were killed by the Nazis. I am preparing a case for them to be recognised by Yad Vashem to be amongst the 6 million who perished. I will tell you the story of these men, including where they came from and what happened to them. Their lost story needs to be told and remembered as part of the events of the Holocaust.

Presenters
avatar for John Ebert

John Ebert

John Ebert wrote an assignment on the Dunera in 2005, which resulted in his learning much more about those who were on board. A Christian committed to learning and speaking about the Holocaust and its impacts, John presented sessions at Limmud-Oz in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and he has conducted information presentations at Dunera reunions and other events.


Monday June 10, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Gonski Room

3:45pm

The Jewish-Libyan connection

The Jewish community of Libya is believed to date back to the time of King Solomon. This session will explore the rich history of Jews in Libya, their struggles and achievements, strong and constant connection to the Land of Israel, and unyielding support for the subsequent State of Israel. A rich culture of customs and language, it remains a vibrant and prolific community in Israel today.


Presenters
avatar for Ruth Harvey

Ruth Harvey

Ruth Harvey, born in Israel, has been living in Sydney for the past 29 years. She has dabbled in various careers, settling finally into her passion, which is teaching. Today she heads the high school Hebrew department at Emanuel School.


Monday June 10, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room

3:45pm

Everyday ethical dilemmas
In the course of our daily lives we are confronted with situations where we have to make choices and decisions about ethical issues. In this session we will consider some of these ethical dilemmas and, using Jewish texts, decide what choices we should make.

Presenters
avatar for Jacqueline Ninio

Jacqueline Ninio

Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio has been a rabbi at Emanuel Synagogue since 1998. She has a passion for storytelling and an interest in liturgy and creative rituals. She wrote her rabbinic thesis about Jewish Ritual and Liturgical Responses to Jewish Communal Catastrophe and Disaster. She is a member of a medical research ethics committee.


Monday June 10, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Engineering Building Room 102

3:45pm

Personalities unravelled

Much of our children’s behaviour is the result of Nature rather than Nurture. In a light-hearted (with serious intent) seminar, Diane will help us understand our own personality and the personalities of the people (both tall and short) with whom we interact. “Once we can understand temperaments,” says Diane, “our interactions are much more likely to be positive and we are more likely to see personality rather than pest." This is part of Diane's 'Temperament, Tips and Tachlis' series, although each lecture is self-contained.


Presenters
avatar for Diane Levy

Diane Levy

Diane Levy is a household name in New Zealand, known as the person you turn to when you are having trouble managing children or the childish people in your life. She is a counselor, family therapist, speaker and author. Diane's publications include Of course I love you…NOW GO TO YOUR ROOM!, which was on the Booksellers’ Bestseller List for 2004; They look so lovely when they’re asleep; and Time Out... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Farrell Room

3:45pm

Why be Jewish?

While there is no shortage of options outlining how one can practise Judaism in our community, the question of why engage with anything to do with Judaism is rarely addressed. This expert panel aims to shed light on this question from a range of perspectives.


Moderators
avatar for Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher, born in Israel, has been exploring and observing Jewish life for as long as he can remember. He currently teaches a course on Israeli society, through film, at the Jewish Museum of Australia, and Judaic Studies at Mount Scopus Memorial College. In 2007 he spent a year at the Hebrew University on the Senior Educators Program, where he completed a major project on teaching Tanach in a pluralist setting.

Presenters
avatar for Bryan Conyer

Bryan Conyer

Bryan Conyer has worked in Jewish education for many years, with a passion for nurturing pluralism within the Jewish community. Bryan received a PhD from Sydney University, after researching pluralism in Jewish Schools. He now works as the Deputy Principal Jewish Life, Emanuel School, and has a full-time job raising four gorgeous children.
avatar for Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz is the Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia in Melbourne. She has previously worked in exhibition-related roles at major state institutions and she is an experienced Jewish educator. Rebecca holds Masters Degrees in Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies as well as a Diploma of Education.
avatar for Jeremy Lawrence

Jeremy Lawrence

Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence is Chief Minister of The Great Synagogue, Sydney. He is a religious advisor to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies; a founder member of the NSW Jewish Arbitration and Mediation Service (JAMS); and President of the Religious Zionist Organisations of Australia. He is active in interfaith dialogue and has represented the New Zealand and Australian Jewish communities to... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Engineering Building Room 101

4:45pm

The topic of the session = You (continued)

Be guided through a variety of creative avenues to look into and explore the topic that is ‘You’ and leave with your own piece of artwork. It can be increasingly challenging in today’s world to make the time and find the space for ongoing and meaningful reflection and exploration regarding who and where you are right now. Allow us to offer you a brief moment to put ‘You’ under the microscope. This is an interactive workshop and a double session. 


Presenters
avatar for Amy Goldman

Amy Goldman

Amy Goldman has a strong background in the visual arts and has worked as a freelance innovation educator, personal development facilitator, art teacher and art therapist over the past 13 years. She has designed, coordinated and run a diverse range of creative programs in Australia and overseas for galleries, museums, theatres, community organisations and educational institutions.


Monday June 10, 2013 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Scientia Building Alumni Room

5:00pm

A musical celebration of Limmud-Oz

Your brain is already saturated with all the new ideas you’ve heard over the weekend – so it’s time for something light and sweet. A guitar and a fiddle will bring to life some of your favourite music from around the Jewish world. From classic Carlebach to modern Israeli, a variety of songs will be performed for your listening pleasure. In between the songs, you will be invited to share your highlights from Limmud. Do you want to participate? Great! Do you just want to watch and listen? Then that’s fine, too! After all, that’s what Limmud is all about. Hope to see you there.


Presenters
avatar for Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher, born in Israel, has been exploring and observing Jewish life for as long as he can remember. He currently teaches a course on Israeli society, through film, at the Jewish Museum of Australia, and Judaic Studies at Mount Scopus Memorial College. In 2007 he spent a year at the Hebrew University on the Senior Educators Program, where he completed a major project on teaching Tanach in a pluralist setting.
avatar for Felicity Johns

Felicity Johns

Felicity Johns has played the violin since she was a tiny tot. The violin really came alive for her when she discovered that she could play along with Jewish folk songs, Klezma craziness and Jewish prayer tunes. Playing and sharing music with other people is one of her favourite things to do.


Monday June 10, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room

5:00pm

Jews & Bollywood

SHALOM BOLLYWOOD: THE UNTOLD STORY OF INDIAN CINEMA is a forthcoming documentary that reveals the unknown history of India’s tiny 2000-year-old Indian Jewish community and its female superstars who shaped the world’s biggest film industry. Come, get a sneak preview of the film and find out more with this presentation by the film's director Danny Ben-Moshe. More Bollywood info at www.shalombollywood.com 


Presenters
avatar for Danny Ben-Moshe

Danny Ben-Moshe

Danny Ben-Moshe is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne, where he researches the subjects of Israel - Diaspora relations, Jewish identity and antisemitism. Danny is also a documentary filmmaker. His critically acclaimed films, exploring Jewish and general issues of culture and identity, have screened on major TV channels across the globe. Danny has worked in Jewish public policy as... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Engineering Building Room G1

5:00pm

Heritage - ensuring Israel's true story is told through fiction

Since the Six Day War, the truth about Israel has been abducted by Arab propaganda. Israeli hasbara has patently failed and the West has turned against Israel. Alan Gold and Mike Jones have created an international project, using fiction to tell the truth about Israel's past, present and future.


Presenters
avatar for Alan Gold

Alan Gold

Alan Gold is an Australian novelist, whose books, published throughout the world, often deal with Jewish subjects. His latest venture, a three-book epic published globally by Simon & Schuster, has as its subject the 3000-year history of the Jewish people.
avatar for Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Mike Jones has experience in writing, project development, technical production and screen education. He has worked both in Australia and internationally in script editing and development and his online projects have garnered numerous awards, including winning the prestigious Writers’ Guild AWGIE Award. He is Head of Story for Portal Entertainment, UK and lecturer in screen studies at the Australian Film TV & Radio... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Scientia Building Gallery 2

5:00pm

The promise of Israel and its underappreciated message to humankind

We are often so focused on Israel’s success and challenges, domestic and foreign, that we neglect to ask “Do the Jews really need a state, and why?” We’ll look at writers as diverse as Jean Jacques Rousseau, George Eliot, Golda Meir and John Lennon to uncover one of Israel’s central messages to humankind, a claim about the importance of roots and the sanctity of distinctiveness. That message, we’ll see, might just allow the Jewish people to recover a prophetic role in the world.


Presenters
avatar for Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis

Dr Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center. The author of ten published books - with another scheduled for publication in 2014 - he writes the regular column 'A Dose of Nuance' for the Jerusalem Post and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Commentary and other journals in print and online. A recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr Gordis was the Founding... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

5:00pm

Eternally other

Why is it forbidden to count Jews and why are the Jews a nation apart? Why do we irritate the world more than any other nation and why are we the most discussed nation on earth? On Judaism’s influence on Western civilization, Israel, Zionism, antisemitism and the problem of Jewish identity.


Presenters
avatar for Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Nathan Lopes Cardozo is a prominent lecturer, thinker and author who is world renowned for his original insights into Judaism and his ability to communicate the relevance of Jewish values and practice in today’s complicated world. A native of the Spanish-Portuguese Jewish community of Holland, Rabbi Lopes Cardozo received ordination from the Gateshead Talmudic College and studied in Israel at the Institute for Higher Rabbinical Studies of... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Scientia Building Gallery 1

5:00pm

From little things, big things grow

Very often a simple idea ends up becoming a wonderful social justice program. Hear from four people who grew small ideas into services that have impacted on large numbers in different ways. What they did, how they did it and where they are now.


Moderators
avatar for Ilona Lee

Ilona Lee

Ilona Lee AM is the Immediate Past President of The Shalom Institute and has been involved in community organisations both within and outside the Jewish community for over thirty years. She has held the positions of Honorary Secretary, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Governor of JCA, Executive Member of JewishCare, Chair of OzHarvest and Chair of DAMEC. She currently chairs the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Committee and is a member of the Board of... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Ralph Feller

Ralph Feller

Ralph Feller has been a volunteer for numerous charities and not-for-profits for the past 2 decades. Due to constant requests for clothes, together with Steve Cowie, he founded ClothesLine Incorporated 4 years ago, ClothesLine is one of the only charities that does not sell any donated clothes and only gives them free of charge to homeless and disadvantaged people.
avatar for Ella Krug

Ella Krug

Ella Krug has a lifetime of artistic and communal achievements to her credit. A former dancer with the Melbourne-based Borovansky Ballet Company, an accomplished fashion designer and a prize- winning painter and sculptor, Ella has also devoted her life to B’nai B’nith, where she has held major positions, including seven years as President. Ella is married to Henry. They have three sons and four grandchildren.
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Dovid Slavin

Rabbi Dovid Slavin is the founding Director of Our Big Kitchen and co-director of Gift of Life Australia and chaplain to Ambulance Serice NSW. 


Monday June 10, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Engineering Building Room 101

5:00pm

Talking and walking with Muslims: The 2013 Muslim/Jewish International Mission to Washington DC

Six Muslims, six Jews, two days of program in Washington DC, preceded by a week of discussions on antisemitism, dialogue and the future relationship. This will be the first debriefing from a participant in what may well be pivotal inter-communal events.


Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones AM, Director of International and Community Affairs, AIJAC; Life Member and past President ECAJ; international pioneer and leader in interfaith dialogue, respected international authority on antisemitism; Winner 2007 Australian Human Rights Medal; People of Australia Ambassador 2012, 2013; researcher, writer, public speaker, organiser.


Monday June 10, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Scientia Building Gonski Room

5:00pm

Women on top - intimate truths

Women shape the political agenda of Australia at all levels of government. If we are following the US trend where almost 40% of working wives now out earn their husbands (Liza Mundy, The Richer Sex) our financial power is growing dramatically. How is this being received? What lessons have been learnt? What will be the impact on society and the economy? How will gender roles, relationships and families transform? What will constitute the new glass ceiling? How will the children respond? How will Judaism react? Womanpower believes that Jewish Women and the ideas that matter to them constitute a significant part of our community debate. 


Moderators
avatar for Janine Zimbler

Janine Zimbler

Janine Zimbler is a Child and Family Therapist. With a career spanning more than 30 years, she has held leadership positions at all levels of the Child Welfare Sector both here and overseas. She writes, provides training, consults and counsels professionals, parents and children. Janine is currently employed by Mount Sinai College on a part time basis as their School Counselor and runs a private practice in Bondi Junction.  Janine’s... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Argaman

Rachel Argaman

Rachel Argaman is a visionary leader who believes in “encouraging the heart”. Rachel is CEO of Toga Hotels. With over 20 years' international experience at executive management level in the travel and hospitality industry, Rachel has a passion for creating a results-oriented, responsive and market-driven culture within companies. In 2012 Rachel was presented with the prestigious Fellow of the International Centre of... Read More →
avatar for Billie Glass

Billie Glass

Having started her professional career as a surgeon, Billie now works as a GP in Woollahara. She migrated to Australia from the UK in 1992 and is married with 3 daughters. Apart from medicine she is passionate about Jewish continuity and the role of women in society. She constantly reflects on how we juggle the family, professional, secular and religious aspects of our lives. She is currently the Vice President of Coogee Synagogue and is a... Read More →
avatar for Elana Leigh

Elana Leigh

Elana Leigh has trained and supervised nationally and internationally across a range of cultures for the past 26 years. Her speciality is long-term training, where the task is to take trainees through the rigorous journey of becoming an ethical professional. Having been trained as an integrative psychotherapist, her passion lies in integration and diversity in both theory and application. Elana is actively involved both nationally and... Read More →
avatar for Debra-Ann Tanne

Debra-Ann Tanne

Debra-Ann graduated from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) in 1990 with a degree in speech and hearing therapy. She ran a private practice in South Africa for 9 years before immigrating to Australia in 1999. Debra-Ann currently runs a private practice in the Eastern Suburbs and Southern suburbs (Sydney) where she works with adults, children and geriatrics with a range of communication and swallowing disorders. She also... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Engineering Building Room 102